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April 10, 2014

Chuck Aaron: Living Legend of Aviation

Chuck ‘Malibu’ Aaron is the first civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the U.S. He is also the first helicopter pilot to be presented with the Art Scholl Showmanship Award, an honor bestowed to recognize the world’s most outstanding air show performers. In 2011, Chuck was inducted to the prestigious Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and in 2013, he received the exalted honor of being officially recognized as a Living Legend of Aviation.

Born in San Antonio, Chuck first flew a helicopter at age 20 and built a career through hard work and determination – from crop duster and traffic reporter to film and television stunt pilot. He’s helped the U.S. DoD develop and test night-vision systems, and he even rebuilt three Cobras from leftover military parts. In 2004, he joined forces with Red Bull to try to figure out how to perform aerobatics in a helicopter. After devoting nearly two years with the Flying Bulls team, in 2006 Chuck guided the Red Bull Helicopter through its U.S. debut.

Today, the blond, mustachioed pilot spends most of his time piloting the one-of-a-kind Red Bull Helicopter through breathtaking air show choreography including backflips, 360-degree rolls and a heart-stopping tumble called the Chuckcilvak. He has logged more than 20,000 hours in the air and performed aerobatics at more than 175 air shows!




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