Commemorative Air Force Blogs
Nathan is an erstwhile inventor, researcher and business owner. He was a Fireman in a small Texas town and traveled the country as part of a vintage rally race car team. He is now SWAT Sniper qualified and a Patrolman for a Texas police department. He is a graduate of Harvard and Texas A&M San Antonio. Introduced to the CAF by Lefty Gardner in the early 90's, he started his CAF journey with the Central Texas Wing in San Marcos Texas. In his spare time he does the bidding of a moody cat, a wonderful dog and a magnificent wife. He occasionally shows up in a fun movie. Sometimes he can be found committing acts of aviation on an unsuspecting sky.
Bob was born August 21, 1947, in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1972 and Naval War College in 1992. He is also a graduate of the USC safety management/accident investigation school and the Air Force aircraft mishap/accident investigation board president course. His first career was with the USAFR as a technician flying Special Operations, Combat Rescue and some transport and tanker tours. He retired after serving 32 years in many different staff and squadron jobs; the final one in the Squadron as Commander and on staffs as The Director of Operations Training for Tenth Air Force. Bob joined the Commemorative Air Force in April, 2005 as the Director of Safety and Flight Operations and was promoted to the Vice President of Safety, Maintenance and Operations in January 2008. In 2017, Bob came out of retirement to be the CAF President/CEO. Bob married Libby Ann Ivester of Medford, Oregon in August 1970.
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I served aboard the USS Hancock, in the Tonkin Gulf, as an airplane mechanic specializing in reciprocating engines. A CAF member since 1972, I am a founding member of TORA and the Gulf Coast Wing. I am also a member of the High Sky Wing, Coyote Squadron, Invader Squadron and Traron. I am a CAF Command Pilot with over 40 years of non-stop air show performing. My civilian flying career includes over 11,000 pilot in command hours, being Chief Pilot for a large corporate holding company and serving as an instructor pilot and program director of the Falcon 50-900 program for Flight Safety International. I hold type ratings in the Falcon 10, 20 and 50 series jets, the Gulfstream 100 jet, A-26, and the B-17. In addition to my duties as the CAF DO/ Chief Pilot, I also perform Training Center Evaluator (DA-50 Pilot exaimner) for Flight Safety at DFW.