Airshow Pilots


Alan Armstrong

Alan leads the cast of talented and experienced aviators in his production of the Battle of Midway Aerial Script.  When he is not out flying his Kate Bomber,  Alan owns an aviation law practice in Atlanta.  Alan has spoken frequently on topics of aviation law to pilots and aviation groups. He has testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee and conducted a mock trial at Sun-N-Fun. A commercial pilot with flight instructor privileges, Alan has flown a number of vintage aircraft.  Alan owns and flies the replica Nakajima B5N2 Kate bomber featured in the Battle of Midway Aerial Script. The replica Kate bomber was built for and flown in the 20th Century Fox film, "Tora! Tora! Tora!"
 

Jim Buckley

Jim Buckley isn’t really certain when his aviation career began. His father was his mother’s flight instructor while she was attending college. The aviation experience continued with the family operating a small seaplane base and later a country airport.  Jim's aviation education began by attending A&P mechanics school during high school. He soloed in his senior year from Orlando’s then Herndon Field.  Jim was fortunate enough to be hired as a mechanic by Delta Air Lines at the age of 20 and continued to earn his pilots ratings.  He gave up his position after a few years to complete college and devote a full time effort to flying. Upon completion of his B. S. degree, he secured a position as a flight engineer on a Douglas DC-6. This was followed by earning his first captain’s rating on a Convair 440. Jim has held numerous airline crewmember positions including a short career with Braniff International.  He has accumulated over 23,000 hours flying time, just recently retiring as a Boeing 737 Captain.  Currently Jim is instructing in his SNJ-5, flying an SBD-5, C-45 and P-51 Mustang "Red Nose".

 

 Jack Van Ness

Capt. S. J. "Jack" Van Ness, Jr's aviation background includes having been a flight instructor, corporate pilot and airline pilot, whose experience includes flying the Lockheed PV1 Super Ventura, Howard 500, Lockheed Constellation, Douglas DC7, Lockheed L188 Electra, Douglas DC8, Douglas DC9, Boeing 727, Boeing 757, Lockheed L1011, Airbus A300, as well as many single and multi engine light aircraft and several WW-2 Warbirds.


 

Joe Fagundes

Capt. Joe Fagundes aviation background includes having been a Naval Aviator and pilot for Delta Air Lines retiring after 33 years.  Joe has flown everything from Naval helicopters and aircraft all the way up to DC-6's and Lockheed L-1011's.  When not flying in airshows in his very own SNJ-5, Joe keeps busy with aircraft appraisals and an aerial photography business. 

 

Stan Bloyer

Captain Stan Bloyer is a retired U.S. Naval Aviator having flown over 200 combat missions worldwide.  Stan was introduced to flying by his father in 1958 in a Cessna 180.  He now owns and flies that same Cessna 180.  Aircraft flown by Stan include the A-7, F/A-18, F-14, S-3B, C-1, DC-3, B-25, B-17, Sikorsky S-61 and MiG-21.  Flying continues to be his passion after retiring in 1994 from the U.S. Navy with 26 years of service.
 

Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy served in military service for 28 years to include 3 years in combat in Vietnam to include with 5th Special Forces, company commander 2nd 502nd Airborne, 101st, advisor to both Vietnamese Airborne and Ranger units and as ops officer for the POW/MIA program.  Other Service includes commanding the 509th  Airborne Battalion in Italy, Special Forces duty as commander Special Operations Command in the Pacific, and Chief of Special Ops in JCS.

Bob is a graduate of the Special Forces Course, British Commando School, the Pathfinder School, Military Freefall and Scuba Courses, as well as Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College. Among his decorations, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, five Bronze stars for Valor, and 14 Air Medals and numerous foreign awards. After retirement in 1988, he taught Outdoor Adventure Programs for Florida Community College, Jacksonville (1991-93) and then Criminal Justice at University of North Florida (1994-2005).  Additionally, has operated Environmental Aviation that since 1993 has flown offshore marine mammal surveys for NOAA, Duke Univ., New England Aquarium and the US Navy from the Caribbean to Canada. When not flying or restoring World War II combat aircraft as a vocation, spends as much time as possible traveling with his wife, a fellow pilot.












Team Announcer


Matt Jolley

Matt knows how to keep the audience in the action.  He’s an award winning journalist, former FOX News anchor and current host of the world’s only daily talk radio show for warbird fans...Warbird Radio LIVE.  Along with his work in the media, Matt also enjoys building and flying radio-controlled airplanes--he’s currently flying a B-17 with a wingspan of over 10 feet.  For more information on Matt just visit his website: www.warbirdradio.com.