There's nothing else like it in the world! With its military-grade 250-pound thrust jet engine, the Super Salto jet sailplane self-launches and performs both a classic sailplane aerial ballet and screamin' low-level jet aerobatics. No scheduling conflicts and valuable airshow time wasted climbing to altitude. No time wasted hooking up a tow plane or taxiing clear after the performance.
Powered by the PBS TJ-100 jet engine, the highly modified Super Salto sailplane is the only sailplane on the airshow circuit capable of performing a low-level, jet-powered airshow performance. Utilizing its powerful jet engine, the Super Salto performs a high-speed aerobatic climb to altitude without a tow plane, followed by a spectacular exhibition of graceful sailplane aerobatics, choreographed to classical music, and featuring the world-famous Vertigo Airshows smoke. When the original altitude is spent, most sailplanes must land.
But not this sailplane! By simply spooling up the jet engine, the graceful sailplane is quickly transformed into a true low-level aerobatics machine. Accompanied by an ever-quickening musical score, the Super Salto cavorts at ground level with loops, rolls, hammerheads, spins and vertical penetration never dreamed of by a sailplane.
The SubSonex MicroJet is capable of speeds of 300 mph and can perform all the classic aerobatics, including maneuvers like tailslides, normally considered taboo in a jet. But it's not just about high speed. With its incredibly wide range, it can turn tight and stay close so your spectators aren't waiting for a turnaround.
The SubSonex is also fully capable of photo missions and additional performances, circling jumpers or racing a jet car.
Bob is one of the most versatile airshow performers in North America. He began flying airshows in his Salto sailplane, and over the years has continued to add innovative performances such as barnstormin' biplane aerobatics, helicopter sailplane tow, night aerobatics with strobes & pyro and the world's only twin jet sailplane. The tradition of innovation continues with the recent addition of the Super Salto jet sailplane, with more power, more speed and more aerobatic capability than any other sailplane on the planet!