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Monster Pitts 12

Mario Hamel

Monster Pitts 12

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Mario graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada and obtained his Royal Canadian Air Force pilot wings in 1990. After 3 years as a flight instructor on the CT114 Tutor, Mario joined the world famous Canadian Snowbirds aerial demonstration team as Snowbirds #2 for the 1994-95 seasons.

Having tasted airshows with the best, Mario left the Canadian Forces at the end of his tour with the Snowbirds and formed Northern Lights Aerobatic Team flying initially the Extra 300, then moving on to the Aero Vodochody L39, and finally the Hawker Hunter. Mario joined the ranks of YacAttack Airshows in 2012 flying his Yakovlev Yak-52TW.

In 2019 Mario acquired the very unique Model-12 “Monster Pitts” named Time Flies, an airplane with a 450HP Russian round engine and a take-off weight just above 1,600lbs.

Mario is a true airshow globe trotter having flown over 500 airshows in the last 27 years in various locations as Canada, USA, Mexico, Germany, Thailand, China and El Salvador, he also flew an airshow for a cruise ship somewhere in the Caribbean sea 50 miles from the nearest shore.

Mario is now 55, married since 1989, has two grown children’s and makes Montreal his home.

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