With the Laser 200, Leo Loudenslager won an unprecedented seven U.S. National Aerobatic Championship titles between 1975 and '82, as well as the 1980 World Champion title. The airplane originated as a Stephens Akro, a sleed aeroback design, but by 1975 Loudenslager had completely modified the airplane with a new forward fuselage, wings, tail, and cockpit. The Laser 200 emerged as a lighter, stronger, and more powerful aircraft, enabling Loudenslager to perform sharper and more difficult maneuvers.
Loudenslager's legacy is evident in the tumbling and twisting but precise routines flown by current champions and airshow pilots. The Laser 200 heavily influenced the look and performance of the next generation of aerobatic aircraft, including the Extra, which dominated competition throughout the 1990s.
Gift of Carolyn and Kelly Loudenslager
One piece white civilian nomex flightsuit; zipper down front; elastic cuffs; two lower slash pockets; attached velcro belt; velcro collar; blue and red horizontal stripe on torso and arms with "Bud Light" logo; blue stripe with red piping down legs with "Bud Light" logo; "Leo Loudenslager" embroidered in blue thread on right breast; American Flight and Simpson Race Products tag sewn on right breast; Simpson logo insignia on left arm.