TITUSVILLE, Fla. – When Matt Younkin’s Beech 18 lumbers down an airshow runway, the 1943 “obese” warbird does not seem suitable to do any aerobatics.
Looks can be deceiving.
Up in the air under Younkin’s able guidance, Magic by Moonlight, a vintage plane once designed as a navigation trainer for the Army Air Corps, transforms a lithe bird capable of extraordinary flight. A night owl, Magic by Moonlight appears to shimmer and glow during evening airshows, thanks to more than 50 lights on its fuselage that, coupled with smoke, noise, choreography and an incredible musical score, make for performance worthy of Broadway.
Magic by Moonlight is one of the 35 flying warbirds that will light up the sky during Valiant Air Command’s Space Coast Warbird Airshow from Friday through Sunday, March 15 to 17, at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, reports News 6 partner Florida Today.