Alan was born at Hamilton Air Force base, north of San Francisco. That day his father, William Anders was flying an F-89 Scorpion, and upon hearing news of his 1st son’s birth over the radio, replied “ I still have ½ a tank of fuel and will RTB (return to base) when I’m bingo (minimum fuel)”. Maybe that’s when Alan decided to become a pilot. That day, Feb 18, 1957 was the day the last Skyraider rolled of the Douglas Aircraft production line and was test flown. For some strange inexplicable reason, it is Alan’s favorite airplane to fly.
Initially, Alan wanted to be a helicopter pilot in the Army, but graduating high school in the spring of ’75 after the fall Saigon , there was not a huge demand for helicopter pilots.
He went on to pursue a career in commercial art, computer animation and making feature film at Dreamworks Animation. It was not until much later in life that Alan went on to finally pursue his love of flying. In 20 years of flying amassed well over 3500 hrs mainly in ex –military warbirds.
He earned his, instrument, commercial helicopter, fixed wing ratings, and type ratings in the L-39 jet, T-28, P-51 and AD-4 Skyraider. Before joining Legacy flight in 2006, he flew a vintage T-6 Texan with the Military’s Texan II trainer with the Air Force’s Texan Flight demo team . He is currently the Director of Operations for Heritage Flight Museum in Burlington, WA. where they operate 16 vintage military aircraft.