The US Navy approves a handful of civilian pilots to fly their warbirds in formation with the TACDEMO
2020's qualified pilots are:
Alan Anders AD-4
Mark Hubbard F6F, F4U
Ken Karas T -28C
Peter Kline T-2
Stuart Milson F4U, N-T28, DC-AD1, G-F6F, and H-FB-11
Dale "Snort" Snodgrass F86 , P51 and P40
Jim Tobul F4U, SNJ
Paul Wood A4, AD-4
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.
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.
Ken’s early years were spent on Long Island, NY, near enough to Farmingdale and Bethpage that Ken could ride his bike after delivering the New York Daily News to watch Republic and Grumman testing their new aircraft, which piqued his interest in flying. He started taking flying lessons in his teens but cars and girls and college and grad school and a wife and kids and a job kept him from earning his pilot’s license until he was about 30 (a very long time ago).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.