Virginia native breaking aviation records in Alaska

06-06-2016

(Worldkings) Twenty-two-year-old Bobby Breeden, EAA 1131136, of Sterling, Alaska, won the short takeoff/landing (STOL) competition in the Alternate Bush Class at the 13th annual Valdez Fly-In and Air Show held May 6-8.

Breeden, who has been competing in STOL competitions since he was 17, made a 40-foot takeoff and 55-foot landing to claim his second consecutive victory in as many years. 

Source: Wired

The STOL contest, which featured aircraft specially modified to take off and land in short distances, included competitions in five different aircraft classes. Breeden’s takeoff was the shortest overall.

Breeden has become something of a social media star, but he says it's not just for the likes on Instagram. Alaskan bush pilots perfect the skill of short takeoffs and landings to access remote areas. 

Source: Internet

Breeden says he owes much of his success to his Virginia roots.

“There must be something in the water because I know a few other people who are out doing great things, too. I guess there's just something local that makes us want to go out and be our best."


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