Wed, Jul 29, 2009
One of the best seats in any "house" has to be the one occupied
by one of the best airshow and stunt pilots the industry has ever
known... a rather jovial guy by the name of Corky Fornof.
You've seen him fly at airshows, even seen him play James Bond,
but these days Corkey is out extolling the virtues of a little
airplane that was the dream of a guy named Roy Lopresti and has
been slowly battling its way to a hoped-for production start and
deliveries in the next few years.
Fornof is more than James Bond's 'stand-in pilot.' Corkey is a
living/flying legend... for all the right reasons. Corkey flew with
his father, J.W. "Bill" Fornof, in a world famous two ship air show
with matching bronze Bearcats for a number of years (until Bill's
tragic loss in 1971).
Their airshow business was based in Houma and involved routines
built around the flying of the T6, Mustang and his favorite
warbird, the rotund but formidable Bearcat. He has over 17,000
hours in over 287 different types of aircraft and has worked as a
test pilot, corporate pilot, and formed the first civilian jet
demonstration team. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and
the Motion Picture Pilots Association -- among others.
He has planned, organized and flown some of the most thrilling
aviation stunts in movies -- movies with immediately familiar names
-- like License to Kill, Face Off, Moonraker, The Phantom, or Six
Days and Seven Nights. And to add to these distinctions, he's flown
for over 100 commercials and even done his thing on MTV.
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