Watch: Retired pilot pulls Top Gun-style stunts
"You can share the exhilaration I feel when I take the plane out."
By Adam Dutton via SWNS
GoPro footage shows a retired RAF pilot pulling incredible Top Gun-style stunts at an airshow in an aerobatic biplane he built in his SHED.
Rich Goodwin, 60, can be seen doing loop-the-loops and barrel rolls as he took to the skies in front of 50,000 people at the Cosford Air Show, in Shropshire, England last weekend.
The married dad-of-five attached a GoPro camera to inside the cockpit of his DIY plane giving a unique insight into his dare-devil stunts at between 200ft and 1,800ft.
Former Tornado pilot Rich spent four years and thousands of pounds building the Pitts Special muscle biplane by himself at his home near Malvern, England.
Rich said it was "wonderful" to be back performing at air shows in his custom-made aircraft after events were canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: "It's an amazing plane to fly and attaching the GoPro just gives people that point of view they might not usually get to see.
"You can share the exhilaration I feel when I take the plane out. It's all measured and well regulated. It just takes a lot of practice.
"It's a hot-rod bi-plane or a pimped-up biplane. It has a very powerful engine which means I can do some pretty unusual things.
"It really is wonderful and I am very passionate about it, I just love it and it was great to be back entertaining the crowds. Cosford is one of my favorite air shows too.
"I love the challenge of not only flying it but building it all too and getting the plane to meet all the required regulations."
Rich began building the plane from scratch six years ago and even remortgaged his house to fund its conversion into an aircraft now worth £135,000 ($164,561).
It was completed two years ago and now weighs 1,500lbs (630kg), boasts an 8.5 liter (2.25 gallons), 350bhp engine and is capable of traveling at 207mph.
Rich, who was an RAF pilot between 1984-1993 and flew in the Gulf War, added: "It has been a labor of love.
"I told my wife I had remortgaged the house to buy this biplane which I was going to take apart and rebuild and she burst into tears in the bath!
"But I think she's quite proud of me now and what I have achieved.
"I just think it's never too late to try something in life. I’ve always been passionate about biplanes. I was doing some training in America when I saw an air show act.
"I looked into the complexity of doing it as it’s quite a challenge to modify airplanes here but I thought I could do it.
"The aircraft is designed to have two jet engines attached to it which is purely for air show performances but I'm waiting on approval for that.
"It'll be the first home-built airplane that has jet engines on it. I said it as a joke at first four years ago and now we're close to achieving it.
"The motto I adopt is there are no problems, only solutions.
"The only experience building I've had before was putting together a model airplane but sometimes in life you’ve just got to get on with it.
"I do have a sponsor. Without it, I wouldn’t have got as far as I could have. I built it all but the engineer design analysis is done by a guy in America.
"You can condition your body to effects of all the stunts but when we don't fly in winter and start up again, you do feel sick at first.
"But it's nothing that you can’t train your body to do. You have to know in your mind that you only have to do it a few times.
"It is just a huge passion of mine and attaching the camera means I can share it with others."
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