Gary Middlebrooks
Lead Pilot

Gary Middlebrooks Lead Pilot
Age: 50
Born: Moses Lake, Washington
Raised: South Carolina (Greenville and Clemson)
School: United States Air Force Academy (Class of '84), Bachelor's of Astronautical Engineering
Career: 28 years commissioned service in the United States Air Force and South Dakota Air National Guard. 3 years as a T-38 instructor pilot. 23 years as an F-16 pilot and instructor. 3 combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Currently: Air show pilot and crop duster.
Family: Wife Kelly and 3 sons (Nathan, Taylor & Mark).

Aaron Werner
Left Wing

Aaron Werner Left Wing
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
School: Graduated from South Dakota State Univ. in 2008 with a B.S. in Aviation Education
Work: F-16 pilot for the South Dakota Air National Guard
Flying Background: Started flying in 2003. Has accumulated over 1,300 hrs military and civilian combined. Holds commercial, instrument, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings.
Interests: Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, wakeboarding, spending time at family lake cabin
Favorite Maneuver: Hammerhead

David Myers
Right Wing

David Myers Right Wing
Hometown: Flandreau, SD
School: Graduated from South Dakota State University with B.S. and M.S.
Work: High School Counselor, Sioux Falls Lincoln
Flying Background: Started flying in 1988 in a Cessna 140A. Total hours of flight time is around 1000 hours. Hold commercial pilot license.
Interests: Flying, Running, and spending time outside.
Family: Two sons (Dylan & Derek) ages 20 and 14. His oldest son attends Augustana College and his youngest will start high school in the fall of 2014.
Favorite Maneuver: Reverse Half Cuban

Steve Thompson
Slot Pilot

Steve Thompson Slot Pilot
Flying Background: Steve flew with the Red Baron Squadron for 24 airshow seasons and was one of the original Red Baron airshow pilots. Steve has almost 20,000 total flight hours and is the most experienced airshow vet on the Vanguard roster.
Family: Steve is the father of two daughters.
Favorite Maneuver: His favorite airshow maneuver is the hammerhead because Steve likes to drive his airplane straight up that vertical line in the sky all the way down to zero airspeed.

Additional Pilots
Kollin Ellis
Born: 3-26-81
Family: parents Lynn & Marge Ellis (Rapid City, SD); sister Gina Larson of Houston, Texas; brother Clint Ellis of Beresford, SD
Occupation: Fighter Pilot with the South Dakota Air National Guard
Flying hours: 2,400
Ratings: Instrument, Commercial, and Airline Transport Pilot
Interests: Flying, Hunting, Skydiving, Scuba diving, spearfishing, and triathlon
Aerobatic Maneuver: Wants to learn how to do a Lumshevak

Al Bucholz
Born: 2-17-52
Family: wife Barb, 3 kids, 5 grand kids
Occupation: service tech
Flying hours: 2,100
Ratings: Commerical, Instrument, multi-engine rating
Interests: fly for business pleasure & angel flights, camping and hunting
Aerobatic Maneuver: Hammerhead

Gary Kuhns
Born: 6-20-44
Family: 3 sons (Josh, Ben, and Joey)
Occupation: Truck Driver
Flying hours: 2,100
Ratings: Commercial, Instrument and Certified Flight Instructor
Flying background: Instructed students at SDSU
Aerobatic Maneuver: Heart (1/4 clover rolling on the up)

Chuck Skogland:
Born: 12-11-46
Family: wife Connie, 3 kids (Kory, Kirby, Kelly)
Occupation: Truck Driver
Flying hours: 1,200
Ratings: Instrument, and Multi-Engine
Interests: Flying, Auto Racing, Machining

Dustin Maner:
Born: 3-3-1982
Parents: Mary and Vernon Maner
Brother: Derek Maner
Occupation: pipe welder
Favorite Maneuver: Hammerhead
Hobbies: Motorcycles

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