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Look, Up in the Sky! 

It may look like Greg Poe has lost control of his plane at this weekend's Cleveland National Air Show, but it's no big deal, the pilot says. That's just Newton's Folly, a trick that involves continuously rolling the plane at 265 miles per hour. "If you look over your shoulder, it looks like the earth is falling out from underneath you," he says. "You move yourself all over the sky in these extreme ups and downs. It's an incredible feeling."

Poe has been "sky-stalking" for more than 30 years in his 385-horsepower Edge 540. In 1999, the Idaho daredevil placed second in the World Freestyle Sport Flying Championships. The next year, he performed at the Cleveland Air Show for the first time. "My plane is the best ride in the park," he says. "It's extremely fast and, quite frankly, a lot of fun. The best word to describe it is freedom."

Every morning during the show, the Tri-City Skybusters and the Cleveland Aeromodeling Club will launch model rockets and radio-controlled aircrafts. At 11 a.m., Poland's Air Force stages a fly-by in military jets, followed by a U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute demo. Between noon and 2 p.m., the Ohio National Guard, the Red Knights, and the female wing-walking team Double Trouble perform. The finale — filling the sky between 2 and 4:30 p.m. — features aerobatics from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Although Poe has flown in formation groups before — as part of the jet team that flew over Cleveland Browns Stadium on opening day in 1999 — he feels more at home in his one-man show. "I'm a solo guy by nature," he says. "I get out there, do my thing, and rock and roll."
Sept. 2-4, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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