2019 Featured Performers
Susan Dacy and "Big Red"
Susan Dacy has been flying since she got her pilot’s license at age 16. She went to Southern Illinois University and earned her degree in Aviation Operations and Systems as well as her aircraft mechanics license. After flying for smaller carriers, Susan now is a Captain with American Airlines, flying Boeing 777s out of her home base of Chicago. She is one of only 30 female captains , one of 300 female pilots out of American Airline’s 10,000 pilots. Her love of flying started at a small airport owned and run by her father in Harvard, IL, and there she rebuilt Big Red. Originally this Super Spearman was a WWII trainer for naval aviators, and had a 220 h.p. engine. Today it boasts a 450 h. p. supercharged Pratt and Whitney engine, and is modified for inverted flying and to carry the one ton bi-plane, wing span of 32 feet, up into the air at speeds necessary for the barn-storming acrobatics Susan performs in air shows throughout the country. She and Big Red thrill the audiences with barrel rolls, slow, slow rolls, Cuban eights, hammerhead turns, and loops. Susan is the only woman flying a Super Stearman in exhibitions. She has logged over 33,000 hours flying time, and has flown more than 60 different types of aircraft.
Today we are honored to watch Susan and Big Red flying over the Menomonie airport, performing her daring and carefully executed air show performance for us.Next Performer >