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Pilot using unique craft in air show
by Adam Elrod
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Elgin Wells greets fans at the Paulding air show following his performance there in the 2012 inaugural event.
Elgin Wells greets fans at the Paulding air show following his performance there in the 2012 inaugural event.
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One pilot at the Salute America 2013 Air Show Oct. 5 and 6 will be lighting up the sky like no other.

Elgin Wells is an Atlanta-based acrobatic pilot and musician who has integrated his love for music and flying into his airplane, the Starjammer. The plane has more than 250 LED lights which dance to music to which he performs.

“I can make the lights move any way I like,” Wells said.

Starjammer also has a 4,000-watt amplifier, an onboard loudspeaker and five smoke streams. It took him about 15 years to build the plane, Wells said.

He said most pilots use a type of gunpowder or fireworks for a similar effect, but he said he found a niche.

“As far as I know I’m the only guy using articulated LEDs,” he said. “It’s the only plane like it in the world.”

He will be flying during the 7 p.m. segment of the air show.

His performance also includes a ground show which he may perform, he said. During the ground show he drives the plane to make it appear as if it is dancing, while the lights go to the sound of the music.

The 63-year-old plays 23 instruments and builds violins and electric guitars. He is working on a guitar with LEDs that lights up to the notes he plays to be part of his show in the future.

He said what he is most anticipating about the show is, “the people involved.” He flew in the inaugural 2012 show and said the audience made a great impression on him.

The show is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport at 730 Airport Parkway in Dallas.

The gates open Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 3 p.m. The same ticket will gain admittance to the 7 p.m. show.

On Oct. 6, the gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the aerial demonstration is to start at 1:30 p.m.

Marketing Director Jim Hester said officials are expecting about 10,000 to attend over the two days.

“It is a family event,” he said.

There are 12 performers scheduled for the two-day event. A list of the performers and more information can be found at pauldingairshow.net.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults ages 18 through 64, $11 for youth ages 13 through 17, $10 for active military and seniors 65 and older and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

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