Rick Davey, Patty Wagstaff, and a Breathtaking Piece of Machinery
Recently I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Rick Davey through a series of emails and his history and experience left me amazed. Let me back-track a bit. An avid Jeti user, Mr. Davey became the proud new owner of some pretty stellar (if I may say so myself) Jeti sunglasses and reached out to show his appreciation – which is absolutely reciprocated. In discussion, he sent over a photo of the Carf 3.2m Extra 330LX pictured above and I just knew it had to have a story. As I suspected it did, and such a great story it was.
Mr. Davey is a retired commercial pilot that now flies giant scale RC aircraft (on Jeti, in case you were wondering). In addition to flying massive (10’+ wingspan/ 60+ lbs) aircraft he also teaches others to fly. One subject that he covers in class is aerobatics, which he began learning from none other than the astonishing aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff. His Carf Extra 330LX is detailed to represent her 1990’s “Blackbird” aircraft.
“It [the airplane] belonged to Patty Wagstaff and she gave me my first private aerobatic training many years ago when she was just getting started… I loved the livery and honoring such a wonderful woman, by flying her ride and relating who she is to anyone interested.” Stated Mr. Davey.
If you don’t know who Patty Wagstaff, she is a three time US National Aerobatic Champion, a six time member of the US Aerobatic Team, has won Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals in International Aerobatic Competition and is an inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame. She is nothing short of amazing, and a great role model for women interested in flight. (https://pattywagstaff.com/)
We, at Jeti USA, want to thank Mr. Davey for sharing such an amazing piece of history with us and of course for trusting Jeti with five giant scale airplanes! Thank you!