Patty Wagstaff slices through the grand opening ribbon at the Bird Airfield Saturday morning with the tail of her inverted airplane.
Crowds pack grand opening
SANDPOINT -- Flying upside-down and 20 feet above ground, Patty Wagstaff sliced a ribbon into red confetti at the grand opening of the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center.
Holding the ribbon up in the air across the runway of the Bird Airport Saturday morning were Drs. Forrest and Pam Riddle Bird.
But before Wagstaff, a three-time U.S. National Aerobatics champion, chopped the ribbon to bits with the tail of her Cirrus Access Extra 300S plane, she put on a surprise show for Forrest Bird at his wife's request.
He had no idea she was flying the red, orange and yellow-trimmed black plane until her voice came over loudspeakers at the runway.
Wagstaff gave the audience a play-by-play as she stalled the plane, letting it drop through the blue sky in an inverted spin and flying it inverted with Lake Pend Oreille in the background.
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