Born in Long Island NY, he is son of a Marine Aviator and Test Pilot. He graduated from University of Minnesota, where he was an All-American Swimmer and NROTC Midshipman. Upon graduation he entered Naval Flight Training. Upon receipt of his Naval Aviator Wings he was selected as the first freshly winged pilot to fly the F14 Tomcat.
Captain Snodgrass retired after 26 years and 7 Squadron/Wing tours including Command of Fighter Squadron 33 and Commander of Fighter Wing US Atlantic Fleet. He retired with 7800 Fighter hours, 1200 Carrier landings and the High Time F14 Pilot with 5000 Hours in type.
Airshow background includes F14 Demo Pilot for 3 tours including the formation of the first Tactical Fighter Warbird Airshow Formation Flights …The Flight of the Grumman Cats which included an F7F , F6F , F4F , F9F and F14. Captain Snodgrass has flown over 400 airshows as a surface solo and formation aerobatic performer as well a USAF Heritage Flight pilot for 10 years flying The F86 , P51 and P40. He is currently Chief Pilot for Draken International flying A4, L159 and L39’s.
Pilot Dale Snodgrass