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Amanda (Younkin) Franklin 3/14/1986 – 5/27/2011

Updates on husband and wife aerobatics team Kyle and Amanda Franklin hospitalized after they were forced to make an emergency landing due to an engine failure during Air Fiesta 2011.

It broke my hart to read Kyle’s update on the morning of May 27th. Amanda, you will be missed by many, may you live on in the harts and minds of thousands.You lived strong had fought hard down to your last day. God speed Amanda..

Our thoughts and prayers go out to this wonderful team.

Check latest updates at their team page on Facebook
Caring Bridge updates: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amandafranklin

If you would like to help please donate at ether of the fallowing two fund sites:

www.moonlightfund.org “Franklin Fund” (tax deductible) or www.icasfoundation.org “The Kyle and Amanda Fund” (non tax deductible)

Please post any updates you might have in the comments section below.

News updates:


Video from the special on the Today show:

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Latest update from the CaringBridge site:

Obituary and Service Information

Good evening all,

As previously posted Amanda’s service is set for 10 am on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the Fayetteville Arkansas First Baptist Church.  Graveside services will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens, followed by a reception at the Fayetteville Country Club.

An online RSVP is requested and greatly appreciated for those wanting to attend the reception only, please go to www.younkinair.com for more information or email me at justy@younkinair.com.  If you only plan on attending the services without the reception, you do not have to RSVP.

This information is also posted on Facebook as an event.  If you clicked on the event within Facebook that you will be attending please do NOT email me as well.  I cannot stress enough – if you clicked that you are attending the event on Facebook you do not have to do anything else.  Younkin Airshows will contact you to find out how many people will be in your party. We are doing this to try to eliminate duplications.  We need a somewhat accurate count for the reception hall and catering.

If you have any questions, I can be reached at justy@flyjivefly.com as well.

As always,

Justy

Amanda Michelle (Younkin) Franklin

Amanda Michelle (Younkin) Franklin, 25, of Neosho, MO., passed away at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, on May 27, 2011, due to complications from burns received in an aviation accident.

Amanda was born on March 14, 1986 in Springdale, AR., to Jeanie and the late Bobby Younkin.  She was a very accomplished gymnast, musician, animal welfare advocate, and aviation enthusiast.  After learning to fly at the age of 16, Amanda became an accomplished multi-engine and tail wheel pilot; she became proficient in over 15 different types of airplanes.

As a little girl, Amanda traveled with her father Bobby to airshows across the country.  It was there that she was first exposed to airshow wingwalking and met the future love of her life, wingwalker Kyle Franklin. She and Kyle started dating on May 22, 2004.  The couple traveled the airshow circuit with their fathers as Kyle continued his wingwalking career.  They were married on October 18, 2005 and along with her brother Matt, took over the multi-family airshow business that their fathers left behind.  Amanda had managed the brothers’ airshow sponsors and bookings since 2005.  She became Matt’s full-time announcer in 2007 and Kyle’s full-time wingwalker in 2009.

Amanda was patriotic and had the utmost respect for those who put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect our freedom.  She joined the Commemorative Air Force and also participated for several years in a World War Two style pinup calendar to help preserve the heritage of our country’s fallen heroes.   Amanda was also a huge supporter of women in aviation.  As one herself, she coached and encouraged young girls that she spoke with at airshows to pursue their dreams of becoming a pilot and to never let anyone hold them back.  She was a member of the Arkansas ninety-nines, a group of women pilots that dates back to the nineteen thirties.  Amanda made a huge impact in a short amount of time on millions of aviation patrons, airshow fans, and humanity in general. She inspired millions from the young to the young at heart with her amazing wingwalking feats, charming personality, and calendar girl smile.  She will be sorely missed by countless people the world over.

She is survived by her husband Kyle Franklin of Neosho, MO., mother Jeanie Younkin of Fayetteville, AR, brother and sister-in-law Matt and Michelle Younkin and niece Kimberly of Siloam Springs, AR, grandfather Jim Younkin and his wife Ada of Fayetteville AR, and extended family, all of Fayetteville AR, mother-in-law Audean Stroud and her husband Steve of Ruidoso, NM, and the Franklin extended family.  She was also survived by her “four legged children”, Rocky, Rambo, Marvin, and Peggy.  In addition to grandparents, Amanda was preceded in death by her father Bobby Younkin, and father-in-law Jimmy Franklin.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 Tuesday, June 7 at the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, AR.  Interment will follow at the Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery also in Fayetteville.  There will be a reception at the Fayetteville Country Club to follow.  An online RSVP is requested for those wanting to attend the reception, please go to www.younkinair.com for more information.

In lieu of flowers, Amanda would insist that you donate to your local ASPCA, Humane Society, or Animal Shelter.

twollenberg@fbcfayetteville.org


TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011 5:23 AM, EDT
Amanda 5-2-11 Day 51

 

Our good friend and world renown airshow announcer Rob Reider stopped in tonight to say hi. Amanda and I think the world of Rob, he’s a great friend and it was really wonderful to see him. Rob is the voice behind our “Pirated Skies” audio sound track. Thanks Rob.

I think tonight was the best I’ve seen Amanda in a long time. Almost all of her vitals were normal, her breathing was back down close to normal, her blood sugar was still high 184 but a lot better then 347. Her kidneys are still working well and a lot of her donor sites and graft sites are healing well, the best I can tell. Amanda’s facial grafts are healing very well, all she lacks his her forehead and a few small areas and her face will be done for now. The skin on her scalp is almost healed and ready to be taken again to close some wounds on her arm and hip. Found out today that the Epicels are going to be a week late, as I thought they would, meaning Amanda has another 10 days before the doctors can truly try to close most of her wounds. Which sucks for two reasons, one that’s another 10 days of daily surgeries and possible infections. Two, one of the most important surgeries she’ll have and it’s on Friday the 13th. Not that I’m superstitious but I don’t want to take any chances with these Epicels.

I’m still waiting to hear if Amanda’s doctor and the Australian doctor come up with any new ideas on ways to help her.

Well, I have to go to bed. Have to be up in 4 1/2 hours for physical therapy.

Goodnight or Good morning, God Bless,

Kyle


Amanda 4-16-11

Goods news today. Doctors said they are very happy with the way Amanda is looking. She looks clean of infections and for the first time the cadaver skin is taking. Which means it will work better at keeping out infections till they can get her own skin on her. As long as everything keeps going well, they will try to put on her epy cell skin next week sometime. They are currently planning on taking her in on Monday to finish up her face and work on graphing a few more areas on her back side.

Jeanie said Amanda opened her eyes for her today and lifted her arm up for her. That’s great to hear. I’m getting ready to head over to see Amanda right now before her sleep regiment starts. They are trying to get her to sleep and rest most of the night and try to have her awake during the day.

Let you know if anything changes,

Goodnight, God bless,

Kyle


Amanda 4-14-11 Part 2

How do I start this…..I’ll start with the good. Amanda’s doctor came out after her surgery today to talk with us. He was very happy with how she looks now. They took off all the old cadaver skin and bleached out all of her open wounds. They were not able to completely clean her back side because they didn’t want to mess up her facial graphs, which I am told look great. (note: all of her open wounds are covered with cadaver skin to help protect from infection till she can get her own skin put on.) As of now they said she looks and smells good. They will take her back in tomorrow to clean her back side better and check what they did today. And if need be tear everything down and do it again, same goes for Saturday.

The bad is that they are having to do this. This means her infections are getting bad. Before her infections were just on top of the surface, but they are starting to see signs of colonization now. Her doctor was very up front with us, and I thank him for that, this is the point were if they are not able to get this infection under control, she could die from it.

This has been a hard day for us all. Today was the first time sense the day of the accident that I felt like I might actually loose her. Even as strong as she is, after all her body has already been threw, I don’t know if it can fight off this bad of an infection. I have always been a fix-it person, I can fix anything, but God help me I can’t find a way to fix this. I would give my life in a heartbeat to get her out of this.

We will know more in the next few days.

Thank you all, God bless,

Kyle

 

4-4-11

Amanda had a really good day yesterday. She breathed the entire day on her own. She was following commands, answering questions and asking questions. She’s starting to realize where she is and what happened. But, please keep in mind, all of this is very limited. She’s not talking like you and I. She’s talking threw her trake and answering very simple questions. She is on a lot of pain meds and is not all there yet.

Today on the other hand was not the best day. They informed us as they were taking her into surgery that none of her skin graphs on her back had taken and most of that was done with her own skin which she has very little of. The doctor also told me that he would be very surprised if he would be able to save any of what was left of her fingers.

After the surgery, we were informed that things were not as bad as they had thought. Her back was 60 percent good, 40 percent bad. Some of the bad was her own skin but still better then all being bad. They skin grafted more of her skin to her back and thighs. They replace and put more cadaver skin in places that needed it to help prevent infection. (Cadaver skin will usually last about two weeks before the body rejects it.) Her fingers on her left hand looked ok for now however they did unfortunately have to amputate all of her fingers on her right hand. She only has a little bit of her thumb left on that hand now. They finally removed the burnt skin from her neck and replaced it with cadaver skin. The neck is apparently a hard place to graph and doesn’t heal very well. Amanda used 6 pints of blood in todays surgery. I can’t describe to you how she looks, much less how she must feel. Knowing that’s my beautiful girl under all those bloody bandages is absolutely tearing me apart.

Her next surgery is Wednesday they are going in to work on her face. They plan on taking the skin from her scalp and putting it on her face. This is the best skin for her face and we were all thankful they didn’t have to use it today on her back. That had been a possibility sense they still don’t have her cultured/grown skin yet. It takes 6 weeks to grow.

That’s all I have tonight. I’ll let you all know if anything changes, otherwise my next post will be Wednesday night.

Good night, thank you all and God bless,

Kyle

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011 10:05 PM, CDT
Good evening all.

I spoke to Kyle today at great length and he is doing as well as can be expected. He stated that Amanda’s surgery yesterday went well. They had to go back in and adjust the orbital bone fractures that they fixed last week. They were afraid that she may have double vision if they did not make yesterday’s adjustments.

They also had to remove some skin grafts that her body was rejecting. And they ended up having to remove a part of her left pinky finger after all.

She is doing well with her surgery yesterday and they plan to do a scheduled surgery tomorrow morning. They will be addressing the skin on her neck tomorrow. This is a very tricky area so yet again I am asking you to send up prayers and healing thoughts.

On a positive note, I arrived at Sun ‘n Fun today. My first stop was to Trade-A-Plane to pick up a copy which includes a beautiful ad on page 103 in their honor.

My second stop was to CamGuard to purchase some oil additive because 100% of all sales at Sun ‘n Fun is being donated to Kyle and Amanda’s fund!! I cannot express in words how amazing it is for a company to do this in this day and age. Amanda has a very long road ahead of her and every cent will make a difference. Despite hearing about what CamGuard is doing, I cannot explain enough that every cent will mean the world to Amanda. If you can and have not done so already, please consider donating to either fund – www.icasfoundation.org or www.moonlightfund.org specifying it’s for Amanda and Kyle.

Thank you and may God bless you!!

Love,

Justy

Sent from CaringBridge iPhone app

 

  • MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011 11:12 PM, CDT

    As you know, Trade-A-Plane was extremely gracious in setting up a mail drop for Kyle & Amanda to be able to receive mail at the hospital. They also have a little something they are doing at Sun ‘n Fun. If you are attending, please stop by the Trade-A-Plane booth to participate!!

    See you at Sun ‘n Fun. I’m arriving Tuesday and will be there through Sunday. If you have something special you’re also doing at Sun ‘n Fun, please let me know.

    I’m sorry I don’t have a follow up report on Amanda’s surgery today. All I can say is no news is good news!! I’ll post more as soon as I get the details.

    Lets keep the prayers and healing thoughts flowing!

    Love to all,
    Justy

    Email Justy@flyjivefly.com
    Twitter @flyjivefly

    Sent from CaringBridge iPhone app

     

    MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011 11:57 AM, EDT

    Good afternoon all.

    Just a quick note to let you know that Kyle is in the process of being discharged as I type.  So there’s a little piece of good news!

    Amanda on the other hand is in surgery right now.  It wasn’t really a planned surgery – the doctors wanted to look her over again for infections, check her burns,  maybe do some more graphing, and they may have to take her left pinky after all.  We will let you know how it goes as we know.

    So let’s take a moment to say a prayer that today’s surgery will be successful!!

  • Thank you,
    Justy


  • Update from Kyle on Facebook:

    Amanda Up Date 3-24-11

    by Franklin’s Flying Circus on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 1:42am

    Sorry I have not been keeping up with the up dates. Between the doctors, my physical therapy, fund raising, emails, phone calls and everything else, I have a hard time keeping up with it all. Sorry.

    I am doing fine and I should be discharged from the hospital on Sunday or Monday.

    Amanda is doing very well for the most part. They rotated her and her bed to a 45 degree angle for about 40 minutes today which is very good for her. My physical therapist came running in to my room the tell me about it and what a big step it was for Amanda’s recovery. Amanda is also down to 30% on her ventilator which is also really good.

    Amanda did have a surgery  yesterday on her hands and unfortunately it did not go really well, but it could have been even worse. The doctors had to amputate half the length of her fingers and thumb on her right hand and the same on 3 fingers on her left. They were able to save her thumb and pinky on her left hand. In technical terms they amputated the Distal phalanges and the Intermediate phalanges.

    She goes back to surgery this morning around eight to try to fix all the fractures in her face and around her eye. I saw the x-rays and the doctors have a lot of work. I pray they do their best work ever.

    I asked the doctors today about how long it might be before Amanda is awake and talking. They guessed about 2 months. Amanda has a very long, hard and expensive road ahead of her. I ask everyone to pray for her and for those who are able to donate to one of Amanda’s funds to please do so. Every dollar counts and the Franklin and Younkin families will forever cherish your support to help Amanda. Thank you all and God bless you. I will let you know how things went tomorrow night.

    Thank you again, love you all,

    Kyle

    To donate please go to www.moonlightfund.org orwww.icasfoundation.org



    Monday, March 21, 2011 8:06 AM, EDT

    Good morning all!

    Kyle & Amanda’s story appeared on the Today Show this morning at 0730 EST.  It was a very touching piece that showed the accident, interviewed a first responder and Kyle, and then allowed the two to meet.  During Kyle’s interview he discussed the full extent of Amanda’s injuries.

    Please understand I was not at liberty to discuss the full extent without Kyle’s permission.  Within a few minutes of the accident, word spread that it was a fatality on both parts so it was Matt’s intention to get word out immediately that they were both indeed alive and stable.  Until this morning, all I was authorized to say was that Amanda was stable from a day-to-day basis.

    Kyle posted the following to Franklin’s Flying Circus Facebook page:
    Up to this point most people did not no the extent of Amanda’s injuries, that was because we were still finding them out ourselves.

     

    As of today Amanda is in “stabilized” condition but please keep in mind that “stabilized” does not necessarily mean “stable”, she remains in the Burn Intensive Care Unit.

     

    She sustained a significant inhalation injury from inhaling smoke and fire, because of this, she has a breathing tube and a machine helping her breath.

     

    She is burned on almost 70% of her body. 64% of which are “Full Thickness” or “3rd Degree” burns. This includes her face.

     

    She sustained numerous fractures to her face and orbital bones around her eyes. As fare as they can tell she can still see fine.

     

    She also sustained fractures to her neck and back. In other words she has a broken neck and back but at this time she does not appear to be paralyzed.

     

    That is the bulk of her major injuries and there are many more that I will not list. But the good news is she’s young, healthy, athletic, in great shape and she’s a fighter. The doctors keep bragging on how strong she is and how well she did in her 1st surgery. Amanda goes back in for her 2nd surgery tomorrow morning around 7am. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I will let you know how things go tomorrow.

    Kyle

     

    If you would like to help Amanda please donate at ether of the fallowing two fund sites www.moonlightfund.org “Franklin Fund” (tax deductible) or www.icasfoundation.org “The Kyle and Amanda Fund” (non tax deductible)

    Thank you for all your support, prayers and God bless you all.

     

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:43 PM, EDT

    Good evening everybody!
    Here’s some amazing news from the family that was posted a short while ago to Franklin’s Flying Circus Facebook page:

    “Amanda’s out of surgery and everything went perfect!!! They were able to remove the majority of her burned tissue and have even started grafting procedures. This surgery was performed several days earlier than normal due to Amanda’s youth and excellent physical health. She is a real fighter and is progressing ahead of schedule.”

    “Her next surgery is scheduled for late next week at this point Kyle is recovering well and is scheduled for skin grafting surgery on Friday.”

    “Over the day or so please consider no news good news so we will likely not post again unless something changes for the next several days. Thank you ant.ll again for the support and prayers.”

    I don’t know about you but I couldn’t help but cry when I heard the above from Matt.  Amanda is an amazing woman and I have faith that she will make terrific progress.  Keep praying and sending healing thoughts – it’s working!!!

    I would like to send out a huge thank you to Matt Jolly of Warbird Radio for dedicating today’s show as a “Get Well Soon Show.”  I wasn’t able to listen in (and I probably won’t listen since I was so emotional choked up when I was trying to talk) prior to when I called in, but the callers I did hear and the emails he read were terrific.  They were a prime example of all of the wonderful emails I have been receiving on behalf of the Franklins and Younkins.  Please check out his site, www.warbirdradio.com, for instructions on downloading the podcast.  Feel free to stop listening right when I call in!

    Love to all!
    Justy

     

    An update from Matt Younkin:
    All, Please forward this letter on to who ever you see fit…

    Good morning all. Let me first express on behalf of Amanda, Kyle, Myself and both of our families so many thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes. We are all so fortunate to have such a wonderful support network in all of you.   We are still waiting for updates and it could be many hours, days, or weeks before we know exactly how the recovery process will play out between Amanda and Kyle. I can however report that Kyle was not injured and or burned as badly as reported earlier by the media and is expected to make a full and rapid recovery. I can also say that the updates we are receiving on Amanda are increasingly optimistic and though she has a long road of recovery ahead of her, the doctors are giving us the impression that things are not as bad as first reported and her chances for a full recovery are getting better not worse. The first 24 hours will set the tone for the story ahead.   I also have to extend a very sincere thanks to my brother-in-law Kyle who I strongly credit for the fact that my little sister is still with us. Having witnessed the accident and being on of the first on the scene, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that he made no less than five quick decisions in the air and on the ground that gave her a second chance at life!!   When the engine quit, Amanda was on the top wing in the rack. Kyle continued to fly the airplane in a straight and level fashion as long as he could to give Amanda every opportunity to unstrap and get into the front cockpit where she would have the best chance in the event of a hard landing. He also resisted the tendency to turn for the pavement which typically induces a fatal stall/spin situation. He avoided a landing in the pyro field which could have proven to be fatal, and faced with the only other option of land in mesquite woods, Kyle landed into the wind drastically reducing the forward speed at impact. Upon reaching the scene, I noticed that he set the airplane down in the only Waco sized piece of ground in that dense woods that didn’t have tall trees in it. Kyle sustained the majority of his burns trying to pull his wife from the wreckage and when his efforts produced no results, he stayed in the cockpit and transmitted a repeating distress call about the post impact fire that had started. I honestly believe this motivated the rapid responders to press through the brush and douse the airplane at a more rapid rate which meant the split second difference that saved Amanda, who was still in the plane.   The first responders on the scene did an excellent job of responding to the situation in a rapid manner. Having a professional air boss teamed up with professional CFR personnel made a world of difference that could be the single most important factor that both Amanda and Kyle are still with us.   Please continue to send your thoughts and prayers this direction because we sincerely believe they are helping. I will pass updates along as I receive them.   Sincerely Matt
    > By: Younkin Airshows

    Video of the engine failure and crash.

    Obituary and Service Information

    Good evening all,

    As previously posted Amanda’s service is set for 10 am on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the Fayetteville Arkansas First Baptist Church.  Graveside services will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens, followed by a reception at the Fayetteville Country Club.

    An online RSVP is requested and greatly appreciated for those wanting to attend the reception only, please go to www.younkinair.com for more information or email me at justy@younkinair.com.  If you only plan on attending the services without the reception, you do not have to RSVP.

    This information is also posted on Facebook as an event.  If you clicked on the event within Facebook that you will be attending please do NOT email me as well.  I cannot stress enough – if you clicked that you are attending the event on Facebook you do not have to do anything else.  Younkin Airshows will contact you to find out how many people will be in your party. We are doing this to try to eliminate duplications.  We need a somewhat accurate count for the reception hall and catering.

    If you have any questions, I can be reached at justy@flyjivefly.com as well.

    As always,

    Justy

    Amanda Michelle (Younkin) Franklin

    Amanda Michelle (Younkin) Franklin, 25, of Neosho, MO., passed away at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, on May 27, 2011, due to complications from burns received in an aviation accident.

    Amanda was born on March 14, 1986 in Springdale, AR., to Jeanie and the late Bobby Younkin.  She was a very accomplished gymnast, musician, animal welfare advocate, and aviation enthusiast.  After learning to fly at the age of 16, Amanda became an accomplished multi-engine and tail wheel pilot; she became proficient in over 15 different types of airplanes.

    As a little girl, Amanda traveled with her father Bobby to airshows across the country.  It was there that she was first exposed to airshow wingwalking and met the future love of her life, wingwalker Kyle Franklin. She and Kyle started dating on May 22, 2004.  The couple traveled the airshow circuit with their fathers as Kyle continued his wingwalking career.  They were married on October 18, 2005 and along with her brother Matt, took over the multi-family airshow business that their fathers left behind.  Amanda had managed the brothers’ airshow sponsors and bookings since 2005.  She became Matt’s full-time announcer in 2007 and Kyle’s full-time wingwalker in 2009.

    Amanda was patriotic and had the utmost respect for those who put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect our freedom.  She joined the Commemorative Air Force and also participated for several years in a World War Two style pinup calendar to help preserve the heritage of our country’s fallen heroes.   Amanda was also a huge supporter of women in aviation.  As one herself, she coached and encouraged young girls that she spoke with at airshows to pursue their dreams of becoming a pilot and to never let anyone hold them back.  She was a member of the Arkansas ninety-nines, a group of women pilots that dates back to the nineteen thirties.  Amanda made a huge impact in a short amount of time on millions of aviation patrons, airshow fans, and humanity in general. She inspired millions from the young to the young at heart with her amazing wingwalking feats, charming personality, and calendar girl smile.  She will be sorely missed by countless people the world over.

    She is survived by her husband Kyle Franklin of Neosho, MO., mother Jeanie Younkin of Fayetteville, AR, brother and sister-in-law Matt and Michelle Younkin and niece Kimberly of Siloam Springs, AR, grandfather Jim Younkin and his wife Ada of Fayetteville AR, and extended family, all of Fayetteville AR, mother-in-law Audean Stroud and her husband Steve of Ruidoso, NM, and the Franklin extended family.  She was also survived by her “four legged children”, Rocky, Rambo, Marvin, and Peggy.  In addition to grandparents, Amanda was preceded in death by her father Bobby Younkin, and father-in-law Jimmy Franklin.

    Funeral services will be held 10:00 Tuesday, June 7 at the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, AR.  Interment will follow at the Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery also in Fayetteville.  There will be a reception at the Fayetteville Country Club to follow.  An online RSVP is requested for those wanting to attend the reception, please go to www.younkinair.com for more information.

    In lieu of flowers, Amanda would insist that you donate to your local ASPCA, Humane Society, or Animal Shelter.

    twollenberg@fbcfayetteville.org

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    • R.C. Anderson

      I have seen Kyle and Amanda Franklin perform. I have posted the notice of the crash on my facebook page and many of my friends are praying for Kyle and Amanda. My thoughts and prayers are with both that they come through this and will fly again. Bless you and your family.

    • Mike Bennett

      Thanks for the comment R.C. I know, It makes me sick. All I could do this morning was think about Amanda in that plane. I really hope they make a full recovery.

    • S. jAMESON

      I have seen this show before and i hope it will continue so others can also enjoy it. Amanda and Kyle i pray for your full and speedy recoveries.

    • Terrible. I didn't realize that was them, but they were down here in Florida a couple of years ago for a show. I do pray that they make a speedy recovery.

    • Frank Convertini

      It seems that the air show business is not a matter of "if" but "when" you crash and burn. First, his father Jimmy and Bobby Younkin, now Kyle and Amanda. I have seen them all perform many times, with the exception of Amanda (only once). Funny thing, with their skill level, I never envisioned an engine failure near the airport to be a big deal, shows how much I know.

    • Get well soon show on Warbird radio http://www.warbirdradio.com/2011/03/get-well-soon

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