The US Navy approves a handful of civilian pilots to fly their warbirds in formation with the TACDEMO F-18's. 2019's qualified pilots are:
A row of warbirds on the tarmac
Alan was born in a Quonset hut on Hamilton Air Force base, north of San Francisco. His father, William Anders was out flying an F-101 Voodoo, 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 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.
Ray was born in Cincinnati Ohio and started ﬂying at the age of 14.
Mark "Mutha" Hubbard was born aboard Blytheville Arkansas Air Force Base. Realized at an early age that flying was too expensive to be a hobby so he joined the Navy upon graduation from college to pursue his passion for flight. Retired as a Captain after 28 brief years of service. Combat veteran with over 5000 tactical flight hours, 5 carrier deployments, over 700 arrested landings, with over 4000 hours in all Type Models of the FA-18 Hornet. Mutha was the former Commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Pacific and Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 151 where he led the first coalition strikes of Operation Iraqi Freedom into Iraqi on March 21, 2003.
CERTIFICATES & RATINGS:
• Airplane Single Engine Land & Sea
• Airplane Multi Engine Land & Sea
• Instrument Rating
• Commercial Pilot
• Rotorcraft - Helicopter
• Flight Instructor Instrument Airplane Single Engine Multi Engine & Rotorcraft-Helicopter
• Type Rating - CE-500 & CE-550, G111
• Experimental Type Ratings-T-28, T-2, MiG-15/17, L-39
• FLIGHT TIME
• Total Time - 5,000+ hr.
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.
Stuart was born in Dallas, Texas. At the age of ten he took his first ride in a de Havilland Beaver in Canada. From that moment on, it was his destiny to become a pilot. Stuart received his license at the age of 17 in West Texas. His first airplane was a Cessna 170A. Stuart went on to pursue his love of flying by building hours in over 20 different Tailwheel aircraft. Stuart had had always had his eyes on the Warbirds.
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.
MiG Fury Fighter Aircraft Qualified: FJ-4 Fury, MiG 15, and MiG 17
Jim started flying airplanes at a very young age; at the age of nine his dad taught him to fly a Stinson 108. He received his pilot’s certificate in the late ‘70’s and has flown over 30 different types of aircraft. Jim has acquired over 1,000 hours in a Chance Vought F4U aircraft alone. “It’s such an honor to be a part of this program”. Currently, Jim resides in Jackson Hole, WY.
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.
Paul founded the Warbird Heritage Foundation in 2003 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring and flying vintage warbirds. After retiring from a successful business career in 2006 he now spends full time on the activities of the Foundation. Currently the Foundation owns and operates a Stearman, an L-19 Birddog, an AT-6Texan, a T-28 Trojan, an L-39 Albatross, an F-86 Sabre, a T-2 Buckeye and its latest addition, an A-4B Skyhawk.