Harrison has been thrilling audiences in the Southwest United States
for 15 years in his Zlin-50 "Tumbling Bear". Rob is the son of a career
Naval Aviator, who took Rob up in a Piper Cub at the age of six. Rob
began experiencing aerobatics at the age of 13. Rob holds a Certificate
of Flight Test Engineering and an FAA Statement of Aerobatic
Competency. Additionally, Rob is an Aerobatic Competency Examiner,
which means that he can license other performers to do aerobatics at
Rob does a great job in
the sky performing loops, spins, and a host of aerobatic manuevers. His
Zlin-50 gracefully dances through the air, in and out of clouds of
smoke. At the end of his performance, he performs a "NASCAR burnout",
spinning the aircraft on the ground with the smoke on at show center.
Once out of the cockpit, you will find Rob walking along the crowd
line, signing autographs, handing out temporary tattoos to the
children, shaking hands and meeting the fans with his wife Susan at his
On March 1, 2008, Rob Harrison was
awarded the prestigious Amelia Reid Spirit Award. Southwest Airshow
Network President Jacquie Warda stated "“Rob was chosen to
receive the Amelia Reid Spirit Award simply because
for as long as anyone has known him, he has always been willing to
contribute to the conference and the safety seminar with the best
possible attitude. He gives of his time selflessly to help out, and
that Spirit is what makes him a valuable asset to SWAN and the air show
industry as a whole! His 'esprit de corp' when at air shows is great!
He is a very positive role model for kids - big and small! We
appreciate his contribution!”
A big congratulations goes out to
Rob for this well-deserved award. We look forward to many more years of
This is the very first picture I
ever took of Rob, at Riverside in March of 2006.
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