I get so incredibly excited for the Rockford Airfest every year.  I was crushed when it was cancelled last year.  Very few things bring me to 'chills down my spine' like Airfest, except that one time I was one of THEM!

Hard to believe that it's been almost 2 years since I crossed this item off my Bucket List and I still remember every moment like it was yesterday. I remember, my friend & pilot Jeff Kaney saying,

"we aren't going to crash but if something happens, pull that red lever and I will turn the jet on its side and you & your automatic-opening parachute will just fall out."

 

Jeff Kaney & Steve Shannon
(L) Jeff Kaney, Kaney Aerospace | Steve Shannon
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Leaving the ground and flying straight up, feeling G's, racing around the clouds, flying over my house and racing down my street at freakishly high speeds... that one time I felt like I was "Top Gun"... was INCREDIBLE!!!!!

Steve "Top Gun" Shannon
Thumbs Up... No Fear (lie) | Steve Shannon
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Post-flight High
Back on the ground.... and speechless! | Steve Shannon
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