If you’re an air show buff, the names Clay Lacy, “Super” Dave Mathieson and the Tiger Squadron need no explanation. All will perform Saturday afternoon in the skies above Catalina Island’s Avalon Bay in the third Scheyden Catalina Air Show.
Lacy, 82, founder of his own executive jet charter company and veteran flier, will be in the air along with Mathieson, who will be turning and looping in a lightweight aerobatic plane.
A World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane and a Canadian CF-18 Hornet fighter plane are also on the bill. Other performers include Tiger Squadron formation fliers, Vicky Benzing, Doug Matthews, Marcus Paine and others. The show runs 1-4 p.m.
Those who buy VIP tickets will have access to a viewing area at Casino Point in Avalon. Ticket holders also may attend a beer and wine tasting in the afternoon and musical performances featuring former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and Dave Brock of the band Wild Child.
VIP tickets for Saturday events cost $199 for adults and $149 for children, and they’re tax deductible. The air show and concerts are a fundraiser for Catalina’s airport. The events are sponsored by L.A.-based Scheyden, which makes sunglasses and other gear for flight crews.
Mathieson, who will be performing in a Sheyden MX2 plane, earned his nickname this way, according to the website:
“One season while flying a Cessna 180 on floats, the control stick for the aircraft disconnected from the dashboard, losing both aileron and elevator. Dave managed to keep the aircraft flying by using the trim wheel, his body weight, and opening the doors to steer the aircraft back to his base. Dave flew the airplane like this for almost one hour before landing it smoothly on the lake.”
Don’t expect “Super” Dave to be doing that on Saturday.