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ICAS Member to Receive 2015 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

June 8th, 2015

EAST TROY, WISCONSIN -- An ICAS member and recipient of the 2014 Civilian Performer Pinnacle Award will receive one of the air show industry’s highest honors July 21, during EAA AirVenture at EAA’s Theater in the Woods.

Bob Carlton, owner of Vertigo Airshows, will receive the 2015 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship according to a news release issued by World Airshow News June 8. Carlton joins a long list of honorees that reads like an air show hall of fame.

Carlton began his fascination with aviation as a young boy flying control line models. He learned to fly in 1979 at age 19 and soon mastered hang gliders, sailplanes, powered airplanes, and helicopters. He began flying sailplane airshows in 1993.

After he began flying airshows, Carlton often found it difficult to arrange for a tow plane at each show site. His engineering background led to the development of the world's first twinjet sailplane, which allowed him to climb to altitude under his own power.

His innovative approach to glider aerobatics continued with the addition of the Super Salto jet sailplane in 2009. With a more powerful jet engine, the Super Salto not only allowed Carlton to climb to altitude without a tow plane, but he could also perform a full low-level aerobatic routine under power.

Carlton’s latest addition to his airshow stable is the SubSonex JSX-2 microjet kit aircraft. He serves as the chief test pilot for the little jet and has debuted a full aerobatic airshow routine in the SubSonex for the 2015 airshow season.

Carlton lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife Laurie and their dog, Ginger. He is a member of the Soaring Society of America and the International Council of Air Shows. He is also a retired rocket scientist for a major national laboratory.

The Bill Barber Award for Showmanship began in 1986, and is awarded to air show performers or teams that have demonstrated great skill and showmanship. World Airshow News magazine and the friends and family of the late Bill Barber present the award annually.

Past Bill Barber Award winners include:

2014  Greg Koontz
2013  Skip Stewart
2012  Matt Younkin
2011  Rich and Dee Gibson
2010  Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver
2009  Michael Goulian
2008  Bud Granley
2007  Dacy Family Airshow Team
2006  Danny Clisham
2005  Pietsch Airshows
2004  Bobby Younkin
2003  Jim LeRoy
2002  AeroShell Aerobatic Team
2001  Northern Lights Aerobatic Team
2000  John Mohr
1999  Dan Buchanan
1998  Patty Wagstaff
1997  Gene Soucy & Teresa Stokes
1996  Wayne Handley
1995  Bob Hoover
1994  Bob & Annette Hosking
1993  Red Baron Stearman Squadron
1992  Sean D. Tucker
1991  Julie Clark
1990  Leo Loudenslager
1989  Jimmy Franklin
1988  No Award
1987  The French Connection
1986  Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team