Air show pilot thrills elementary students with visit - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Air show pilot thrills elementary students with visit

(WMC-TV) - Students at Oak Elementary in Bartlett got a sneak peak Thursday of the kind of action you can see this weekend at the Memphis Air Show.

World famous pilot Michael Goulian stopped by the school and showed students why he's one of the best acrobats in the sky.

Goulian spoke to elementary students about the skills you need to fly.

"You have to be careful, and you have to practice a lot," he said.

Goulian talked to the students about flying thousands of miles in the air in his special acrobatic airplane.

Grant Nobles, 10, was impressed by Goulian's feats.

"When he was flying backwards...I liked that a lot," he said.

"I have a couple of goals in mind," Goulian said of speaking to students. "One of them is to energize the kids, let them have fun, and let them understand that airplanes are thing of beauty and we look into the sky with awe."

Goulian started flying when he was 17. More than 30 years later, he is a world class stunt pilot and one of the stars at this weekend's air show in Millington.

"It's really like a rock and roll show in the sky," he said.

Craig James, a third grade student, was able to have his picture taken with Goulian, along with this mother and sister.  James' mother won a radio contest that arranged for Goulian to speak to the students.

James said his goal is to one day become a pilot.

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