Friday, November 28, 2014


Origin: Eau Claire, Wisconsin (USA)

Airkraft Jon Doughlas Dixon "Okoboji" Peter Phippen Dave Saindon Mitch "The V" Viegut "Gyro" aor melodic rock
Jon Doughlas Dixon "Okoboji" - Peter Phippen - Dave Saindon - Mitch "The V" Viegut - "Gyro"

Airkraft [st - 1989] aor melodic rock music blogspot 80s lyricsst - 1989
Airkraft [In the red - 1991] aor melodic rock music blogspot 80s lyricsIn the red - 1991 (with lyrics)


- AIRKRAFT was forged during 1982 in the basement of an Eau Claire, Wisconsin household by high school buddies guitarist Mitch Viegut and Dave Saindon, both previously with ALIEN PROBE. Formative band members included drummer Mike Wood and the OPEN FIRE credited Keyboard player Dave Roll in addition to bassist Peter Phippen. That same year AIRKRAFT issued their first single 'Alien Probe' as an entrant into a local radio competition, which they duly won.

The debut album, 'Let’s Take Off' on the Wausau based Ark label, was capitalised on by two other single releases, 'Can't Run Away From Love' and 'It’s Not So Easy', both achieving strong local airplay. A further single, 'Never Too Late', arrived in 1985. The 1986 release 'Proximity', produced by Frank Weiwell, Keith Brown, and Carl Weinberger at Madison St. Studios, was promoted by the singles 'Make Believe' and 'Radio Rock' and gained further ground.

AIRKRAFT issued an eponymous 1989 album, now featuring Jon Douglas Dixon on keyboards, before signing to Curb Records for for the Roger Probert produced 'In The Red'. This set featured the Judith Randall penned 'Someday (You'll Come Runnin'), previously covered by British outfit FM on their 'Tough It Out' album. The notable songwriting team of SURGIN's Jack Ponti, Vic Pepe and STAN BUSH contributed 'Heaven'.

AIRKRAFT folded in 1995, bowing out with a support gig to CHEAP TRICK, JEFFERSON STARSHIP and PAT BENATAR. Dixon went on to join Des Moines, Iowa's STANDING HAMPTON. -

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