RACE 5 MANAGEMENT AND TEAM MEMBERS
Ed Noel
Ed Noel
Ed is president of the corporation and directs the aircraft's scheduled activities and appearances.
Rick Vandam
Rick is an Air Force Academy grad and he currently flies for US Air. Rick is a former Nevada Air National Guard fighter pilot and flew with the squadron known as the "High Rollers". He serves the American Spirit team as primary race pilot.
Lee Behel
Lee is an entrepreneur who recently sold his car dealership. He is also a former Nevada Air National Guard fighter pilot and flew with the "High Rollers" squadron. Lee serves as the backup race pilot for American Spirit.
Jim O'Neal
Jim is American Spirit’s airshow pilot. He is a former Air Force Viet Nam combat veteran and worked for NASA during the Apollo program. Currently Jim is an engineering consultant for Bravo Zulu Inc.
Minh Vnator
Speed Merchant and Tech Rep, A&P
Les Schebo
Les serves as American Spirit’s Crew Chief.
Frank Marcum
Frank is presently the Vice President, Marketing for Bravo Zulu Services, Inc. He also served for 36 years with the U.S. Army and retired a Lieutenant Colonel. Following his military service he was an instructor with Tulsa ISD and was an Oklahoma finalist for the NASA Teacher in Space Project. He loves to fly and holds a commercial and multi-engine license. Frank has been an L-39 crew member for the past 6 years.
Jeff Bertsch
Jeff is also a member of American Spirit’s ground crew.
Bob De Leon
Bob is the public affairs and promotion director for American Spirit. When he’s not working the website or spinning off creative communications for the clients of DeLeon Design, he’s out flying his glider or flying the Greater Houston Soaring Association's towplane.
Sam Mata: The Officers Club II (HQ: West Houston Airport)
Mark Fertita: The Officers Club II (HQ: West Houston Airport)
Graham Harris: The Officers Club II (HQ: West Houston Airport)
Pat Brown: The Officers Club II (HQ: West Houston Airport)
Pat Brown is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Houston-based Pro-Mark Corporation, a music products manufacturer. In addition to being an active musician, he is also a CFII and glider instructor as well as Chief Tow Pilot for the Greater Houston Soaring Association.
Jos Wellink: The Officers Club II (HQ: West Houston Airport)
Jos is member of American Spirit’s ground crew. He is also a CFI / Europe.
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