Team Leader: Scully Levin leads the Gabriel Wings Aerobatic Team. On the 8th October, 2013 he will be celebrating fifty years of flying, having flown solo only nine days after he turned seventeen in 1963. Scully has over 27 000 hours of flying experience and in between his primary career as an airline pilot, he has been flying as a professional airshow pilot for over thirty years. Scully’s favourite airshow aircraft is the Pitts Special S2B, which he describes as the “Ferrari of the skies”. After having reached SAA’s mandatory retirement age of 63, Scully joined mango Airlines where he flies the Boeing 737-
Right Wingman: Arnie Meneghelli, aged 66, flies as the right wingman. Arnie is a very successful businessman and founded Academy Brushware with his father many years ago. Arnie is a huge aviation enthusiast and likes nothing better than getting to fly airshows on the weekends. He is also an aircraft collector and owns a number of unique vintage and state of the art aerobatic aircraft. Arnie has 5 500 hours of flying to his credit, which, given that he flies only on the weekends, is a considerable amount.
Left Wingman: Sean Thackwray flies on Scully’s left hand side. Sean is a Senior First Officer with South African Airways and flies the Airbus A340 on international routes. By the end of 2013 or early in 2014, he is likely to be upgrading to the rank of Captain and he will then fly the Airbus A319 on SAA’s domestic and regional routes. Sean learnt to fly in the South African Air Force, and having a natural aptitude for aerobatic flying, he was earmarked for further training as a fighter pilot. After completing his initial fighter-
Soloist: Ellis Levin flies the solo routines in the distinctive black and red Pitts Special. Ellis learnt to fly when he was still at school and inherited his love of aerobatic flying from both his grand-