Staff and Contributors
We are lucky to have a talented cadre of staff, enthusiasts and freelance
writers who have contributed to this site. Here's who they are.
Founder / Editor-in-Chief
Buck doesn't mind it when his friends call him an Airplane Nut. A pilot for over 38 years, he is currently a Captain with a major US airline. He is also an avid warbird pilot, aircraft builder, advanced flight instructor, test pilot and FAST formation instructor, with 22,000+ hours of flying time in more than 110 different aircraft types. He has given flight instruction in the L-39 Albatros jet, T-6 Texan, Yak-52, CJ-6, Fouga Magister, Hawker Hunter, MiG-15 and other warbird types.
After graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Buck was commissioned in the US Air Force, where he was privileged to fly the Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (the "Warthog"), based at RAF Alconbury, England. He flew 38 combat missions in the A-10 over Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. He later spent eight years in Texas, flying the Northrop T-38 Talon as an instructor pilot in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve.
An author, photographer, video producer and contributor to publications such as EAA Warbirds, Classic Jet Journal, the Avion and others, he has facilitated and led over a hundred air-to-air photo missions.
He created Warbird Alley in 1998 and still does most of the day-to-day tasks involved with the site, including much of the photography, writing, editing, and site updates. Contact information: editor (at) warbirdalley.com
John "Skipper" Hyle
John has been flying for over 30 years. As a child growing up in Richmond, Virginia, he listened to his grandfathers stories of the early, "open-cockpit" days at Eastern Airlines.
To date he has done almost everything in airplanes except crop-dusting -- to include flying skydivers, carrying checks, instructing, flying charter trips, and his present job as an airline Captain.
Skipper served in the U.S. Air Force as an F-16 pilot stationed in Japan and a T-38 Instructor Pilot based in Lubbock, Texas.
He has been interested in warbirds since he was eight years old and saw Bob Hoover perform. He has owned a Fairchild PT-26, now owns and flies a Harvard Mk 4, and also flies the CAF Dixie Wings P-51 Mustang. He also instructs in the T-6, is a CAF T-6 Check Airman, and is a CAF and NATA FAST Check Airman.
He has over 15,000 flying hours, including over 500 hours in such types as the PT-17 Stearman, PT-26 Cornell, Meyers OTW, AT-19 Stinson Reliant, L-5 Sentinel, and T-6.
Pat was a police officer in Waukegan, Illinois for 28 years before retiring in 2003. Since then he has been working in the Building and Grounds Department at the Six Flags Great America amusement park in Gurnee, Illinois. His interest in warbirds was stoked in the mid-1980s when he purchased Martin Bowman's book, "Castles in the Air" at the Pima Air & Space Museum, and was hooked. Since then, his interest has expanded to WWII in general, and he has collected about 75 books signed by authors and veterans of that conflict.
He has done consulting work for many websites including warbirdsresourcegroup.org, preservedaxisaircraft.com, aerofiles.com, aerovintage.com, aerialvisuals.ca, and www.stratofortress.org. Over the years he has provided untold updates for the book, "A Guide to over 900 Aircraft Museums" by Michael Blaugher (www.aircraftmuseums.com).
Pat has been married to his wife Linda for 25 years. They
have five grandchildren.
Contributing Writers and Photographers
Job, from Springfield, Illinois, has been a freelance warbird photographer and aviation writer since 1978. His first article and photographs appeared in the July 1978 Aircraft Illustrated and since then, his work has appeared in several aviation publications including Air Show Journal, In Flight USA and The Flyer.
He is the author of Springfield Aviation, released in 2008 by Arcadia Publishing. Almost every year since 1983, he has contributed photographs and writing for Springfield Air Rendezvous.
When not writing about warbirds, Conger pursues a career as a writer/photographer in central Illinois. He also maintains www.AeroKnow.com, an aviation history web site he launched in 2002.
He also builds plastic model aircraft by commission and produces displays for aviation events and places with glass-enclosed spaces.
Conger welcomes opportunities to photograph warbirds passing through Capital Airport (SPI) and producing features and PR for anyone with an airplane and an interest in sharing its story with readers. He may be contacted by calling 217-331-3661 or writing akm (at) eosinc.com.
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