Woodward, Okla. —
FAIRVIEW - The world's smallest jet will be making an appearance at Fairview's 61st Annual Free Fly-In and Air Show on Nov. 10.
The Lewis and Clark Performance FLS Microjet will be flown by Navy Pilot Justin "Shmed" Lewis, a native Texan, who has been flying since the age of 14.
By the age of 17, Lewis acquired his pilot's license and by 23, he possessed a bachelor's of science degree in aeronautical studies, a multi-engine commercial pilot certificate, as well as a flight instructor certificate.
Lewis was a flight instructor for several years before entering Navy Officer Candidate School where, upon graduation, he was recognized as the top graduating tactical jet aviator in 2001.
"In 2004, I moved to Oklahoma City to work at Tinker AFB while flying in the Navy," said Lewis. "At the time, I owned another kit aircraft called a Glasair that I flew to many different events including the Fairview Fly-In."
However, in the past Lewis has only been an attendee at the Fairview Fly-In, which is billed as the "World's Oldest Free Fly-In."
"This time will be my first experience at Fairview as a performer," the pilot said of the upcoming show.
DOES IT FOR THE KIDS
When asked what drew him back to the event, Lewis answered "I like performing as much as possible in the Oklahoma City region because I want Oklahomans to have pride in what we're able to accomplish."
In addition, as someone who fell in love with flying at a young age himself, Lewis said he enjoys sharing his love of aviation with children.
"My jet is very unique and I want it to inspire kids to get involved with aviation," he said. "It's very important to me that future generations have an opportunity to love aviation as much as I do and I think it's important to Oklahoma since aviation is the second largest industry in our state."