James Bond’s stand-in pilot, J.W. “Corkey” Fornof, will be sporting the sleek LoPresti Fury
at the Mid-Atlantic Fly-In and Sport Aviation Convention at the Lumberton, N.C., Municipal Airport, May 22 through 24.
Fornof and his father, J.W. “Bill” Fornof, flew matching bronze-colored Bearcats in a world-famous two ship air show, but for the May 22-24 weekend he will be flying the LoPresti Fury, performing a routine he made famous in his P-51 Mustang.
“The Fury flies like a little fighter. It does everything my Mustang would do except 500 knots,” said Fornof. “This is one sweet ride. Roy LoPresti was right on when he designed this plane. The Fury is perfect for aerobatics or cross country flying.”
If you remember the classic movie scene where James Bond (as played by Roger Moore) flew a BD-5 jet through a hanger in “Octopussy,” then you have seen the work of “Corkey” Fornof, considered by many to be the master of aviation movie action.
For the past year, Fornof has been touring the country with the LoPresti Fury,” which he calls a Ferrari-like sportster. “The Fury possesses the thrilling excitement of air combat or an aerobatic WWII fighter,” he insists.
The late Roy LoPresti was responsible for the design and manufacture of more successful airplanes than any designer in aviation history. Mooney, Grumman, Beech, and Piper each laid claim to producing products of his creative mind. In 1991, he formed LoPresti Speed Merchants in Vero Beach, Florida.
For information: www.LoPrestiFury.com