Matt Younkin is a third generation pilot.
He is the son of legendary airshow pilot Bobby Younkin, who is famous for his amazing
aerobatic displays in the AT-6, Beech 18, Learjet 23, Samson, and most recently, the Super
Decathlon. Bobby is considered to be one of the greatest airshow pilots of all time. Matt
is also the grandson of Jim Younkin who is well-known for designing the Century and
Trutrak autopilots. Jim is also famous for his antique aircraft restorations, as well as
building beautiful replicas of the 1930s air racers such as the Howard Mr.
Mulligan and the Travel Air Mystery Ship.
Matt learned to fly at the age of 14 from family friend Ken
Collier in a Piper J-3 Cub. At age 15, Chuck Irvin, the same instructor who taught Bobby
how to fly, refined Matts piloting skills. On his sixteenth birthday, Matt soloed
his grandfathers 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane. Matt is now proficient in over 50
types of airplanes ranging from the Piper Cub to the North American B-25. He is also a
fully rated flight instructor and now has almost 3000 hours of total flying time and
currently resides in Siloam Springs, AR.
Matt is also an accomplished radio-controlled model airplane
pilot. Like his father before him, Matt learned most of his aerobatic skills by flying R/C
models and later refined them in the Super Decathlon. Bobby gave Matt two hours of
aerobatic instruction which focused mainly on slow rolls. Bobby said, Almost every
aerobatic maneuver is based on a slow roll. If you can master the slow roll, you can
master anything. When Matt took the Decathlon out to perfect his slow rolls, he soon
discovered that he could perform every maneuver that Bobby performed in the airplane, plus
a few new ones of his own.
Matts latest and greatest achievement is perfecting
the worlds only night aerobatic display in the Beech 18. Equipped with 50 externally
visible lights, the top of the airplane appears to glow in the dark while the bottom side
twinkles violently. Combined with smoke, noise, choreography, and an incredible musical
score, the Twin Beech Night Spectacular is quickly becoming one of the most sought after
acts in the airshow arena.