Emeritus Pilots

Retired Civilian Pilots

  

Pilots  that retired at the end of the 2019 Season:

•  Ray Dieckman 

•  Dan McCue 

•  Rich Sugden

•  Edward Vesely 


A row of warbirds on the tarmac

A row of warbirds on the tarmac

Ray Dieckman

Ray Dieckman

Ray Dieckman

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 Ray was born in Cincinnati Ohio and started flying at the age of 14.   

  • First job flying: Flight Instructor,  charter pilot, all types single and multi engine aircraft 
  • Twin Beech mail run 5 nights a week 
  • DC-3 Charter flights , Lear Jets and other multi engine jets 
  • Airline Pilot: 737 , Captain , Instructor and check pilot  
  • Captain B146, Boeing 737, 757, 767, 777, Douglass DC-10 
  • Production test pilot Falcon Jet  10,20,50 
  • Restored: Stagerwing Beech , Texan T-6, Corsair And Grumman Bearcat  

Dan McCue

Ray Dieckman

Ray Dieckman

Pilot Dan McCue

Daniel M. McCue was born in Maine and raised in New Hampshire with a keen interest in aviation at a young age. He was educated in New England and for aviation, attended the All Weather Flight Academy to get FAA Commercial, Instrument flight rating, etc. He started on an Airline career in March 1967 until February 2002 and retired with 35 years of service as an International Captain with over 33,000 flight hours log.  

Rich Sugden

Edward Vesely

Edward Vesely

Dr. Rich Sugden in his flight suit.

 

Born in Oakland, California and growing up a son of a career Navy officer, Rich’s course steered him into medicine and aviation as a Navy Flight Surgeon. “Doc” underwent training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola and completed his tour of duty at the Naval Air Test Center and Test Pilots School at Patuxent River, Maryland. “Doc’s” experiences at the Navy’s Test Center led him to restoring a “Stable” of Warbirds, all of which he flys often and proficiently. With over 7,500 flight hours, the words “Static Aircraft” are NOT in this aviators vocabulary. 

Flies an FJ-4B 'Fury', TA-4J Skyhawk, T-2 Buckeye, and T-28 with Navy Legacy Flight . 

MiG Fury Fighter Aircraft Qualified: FJ-4 Fury, MiG 15, and MiG 17 

Edward Vesely

Edward Vesely

Edward Vesely

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Is the Senior Director of Sales with Welsch Aviation, heading up their Houston location. Beginning as a sales demonstration pilot for Mitsubishi Aircraft, he has been involved in the sale and acquisition of executive aircraft for nearly 40 years.


Mr. Vesely has been a pilot for over 40 years, obtaining a private license at age 17, commercial at 18, CFI at 21 and ATR by age 23. He has accumulated over 7000 hours of flying experience and holds numerous type ratings. In addition, he is a certified airframe and power plant (A&P) mechanic.