Air Force

March 11, 2014

Featured Demonstration Part 2

Gregory “Wired” Colyer T-33 Shooting Star

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Gregory “Wired” Colyer has been flying for almost three decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the Army from 1982 to 1987.

Since leaving the service he has been employed by the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller in Oakland. His passion for the cockpit never left him as he continued to fly as a hobby and an occasional airshow, flying a Beech T-34 Mentor until he imported a Russian L-29 Delfin Jet in 2003.

After flying with his friend Kay Eckhart in one of Kay’s Lockheed T-33s in 2007, Greg set his sights on an upgrade to the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet and a real piece of U.S. aviation history. He acquired a T-33 and named it Ace Maker in 2008.

He holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument, single and multiengine ratings as well as being a certified flight instructor.

As America’s first operational jet fighter and jet trainer, Colyer’s T-33 Shooting Star represents a piece of American history that ushered the U.S. into a new generation, and helped pave the way for the lives and freedom the country enjoys today.

Julie Clark’s Mentor T-34

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Julie Clark officially began her air show company with the name of Julie Clark’s American Aerobatics in 1980. A pilot for more than 40 years and a retired Northwest Airlines captain, Julie Clark has logged more than 31,000 accident-free hours in the air and is rated in more than 66 types of aircraft.

With her sparkling personality and the graceful aerobatics, Julie Clark’s air show routine takes the Mentor, her restored T-34, “Free Spirit,” to the limits of its operating capability. Her unique and patriotic presentation, “Serenade in Red, White and Blue,” is choreographed to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” To enhance her routine, multicolored wing-tip smoke trails her every maneuver and she concludes her performance with pyrotechnics.

While Julie personally ferries her Mentor T-34 to each air show, her ground crew travels an average of 30,000 miles per year. The Mentor T-34 team’s ground support “Road Show” includes a custom 35-foot triple-axle fifth-wheel Featherlite trailer. The trailer carries all necessary support materials and serves as day quarters during air shows. The complete unit is displayed on the air show flightline, providing a focal point to meet the public, sign autographs and display Mentor T-34 materials.




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