Museum Directors meet from time to time to set goals and overall direction for the museum. Many are also active as volunteers and associates in activities and events.
A veteran (U.S.M.C. Retired) and former helicopter instructor, Pete holds both fixed and rotary wing ratings.
Pete is the contact for Mi-24 airshow operations.
A local businessman and pilot, Andre has been involved in warbird activities for a number of years.
A pilot, veteran and former helicopter crew chief, Phil has been involved with the museum for a number of years before stepping up to a Director's roll. Blog Link
Don't ever question the value of volunteers. Noah's Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals.
Jon has 400 hours in the L-39 and an additional 1,300 hours in the CJ-6A, including a F.A.S.T. Lead qualification. He is heading up the MiG-23 project and looking forward to flying it some day. Blog Link
How did I learn to fly? Who needs flight instructors, I had Microsoft Flight Simulator. ;-)
Two of an aircraft type flying is better than having just one. With two, you have a breeding pair.
The problem with trailing link gear is that it makes you think you're a better pilot than you really are.
 Staff / Pilots / Associates
Lt. Commander "Z", USN. Fixed-wing MEII, rotor CFII, instructor in the MI-2, MI-24, L-29, L-39, CM-170, SK-70, BA-167 and T-28. F.A.S.T. formation instructor and check pilot for the Red Star Pilot's Association.
Most pilots are either fixed-wing or rotor-wing, like cats and dogs. Z is both – half cat, half dog. ~ Jon
And if you do feel sick, all we ask is that you ''get a good seal on the bag!''
I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is that the ''real'' pilots couldn't make it. The good news is that I've read the book, and I'm pretty sure I can fly it!
Scott has sysop'd on-line systems since 1982 and was one of the founders of Matchmaker.com. Scott served in the Air Force at Plattsburgh AFB ('77-'81) maintaining FB-111A and KC-135 flight simulators. He is currently the president of the Colorado Audi TT automobile club.
It's hard to believe just how incredible it is!
Vic is a former UPS and corporate pilot. He holds a rating in the L-39.
If at any time you see me leave the airplane, it would be best to follow me out.
(In Progress) Stay tuned. More to come.
Todd, a friendly former United States Marine, was honorably discharged after serving four proud years with the Infantry. He then served another two more years with the Mechanized Infantry in the National Guard. A native Texan, who likes singing while he works, Todd also takes an interest in all forms of artwork, music, military items and veteran stories.
I was drawn to the museum because of my curiosity about the Soviet helicopters, fighter jets, war-birds, general aviation and their history. I never imagined that I would be able to see these aircraft up close... After all, these were the weapons of destruction that we were told as young Marines that we would face one day.
Sean is a native Texan. Growing up by the airport has been the stepping stone for Sean to remain the loyal devotee to aviation. Sean's passion for war planes and their history has led him to putting together an amazing collection of over 300+ model war planes and attack helicopters that entails intricate designs; requiring patience and dedication to details. Besides, being an avid outdoors man of nature and animals, Sean also dedicates part of his time as a roadie for a band.
Ivan is a licensed aerospace engineer and a photographer. Originally from Bulgaria, his hobby is keeping track of aircraft from the Bulgarian Air Force.
Zbigniew has been an asset to the museum from the very beginning, lending us his years of experience and knowledge as a PZL factory technician. He is currently an aviation consultant in Poland and comes to Texas occasionally to oversee the museum's restoration and maintenance.
With nearly 20 years in the East German Air Force, Bernd has seen it all. He was the director of maintenance for all DDR L-39s during that time.
69 is a UM and the engine 95 is R-13-300. Engine descriptions 37, 25, 75, 95 are codes to mislead the American spies in the old days, it seems the system still works." ~ When Jon was asking, "What are all these crazy numbers? I can't figure out what a 69 or a 95 is??
Ich hoffe Ihr wißt was Ihr da macht! Ohh mein Gott... [[MiG-23]] und fliegen... good luck!
Colonel "Evil", USAF (ret), former commander of the 4477th Test Squadron in a program called Constant Peg. Gail is building an RV-8 in his spare time and occasionally gets to do some formation flying.
Billy has 13 years of experience working on Mi-2, Mi-17, and Mi-24 and holds an FAA A&P IA certificate. When not working on helicopters, Billy flys all manner of taildraggers — Bird-Dogs, Cubs, and Stearmans.
Jon has 11 years of experience working on Mi-2, Mi-17, and Mi-24 helicopters and holds an FAA A&P certificate.