Commemorative Air Force Blogs
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.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Learn more at www.redtail.org.
Gerald “David” Oliver first took the controls of an aircraft at the age of 7 years old. A typical “airport kid” David’s first job in aviation started as an aircraft fueler when he was a teenager. After soloing an airplane on his 16thbirthday David quickly went on to secure instrument, commercial, multi-engine, seaplane and instructor ratings by the age of 20. He has a wide range of experience in aviation. In 2006 he won the IAC National Collegiate Aerobatic Championship. He is an avid tail wheel pilot and loves flying the family J-3 with his kids. In 2008 David deployed to the Middle East as a contractor for the US military and logged over 600 combat hours in military aircraft in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He has served as a long range ferry pilot with multiple ocean crossings, delivering aircraft all over the world. In 2009, David actively sought out the Commemorative Air Force where he volunteered with the B-29 / B-24 Squadron based in Dallas, Texas. He served 4 years as the Flight Operations Officer of the unit and traveled extensively with the AirPower History Tour. He is qualified as an Aircraft Commander on the B-29 and B-24 as well as serving as Check Pilot on the B-29. David joined the headquarters staff of the CAF in June of 2015 as Director of Operations and moved up to VP of Operations, Safety and Maintenance in April of 2016. David holds a degree in Aviation Management from Southern IL University as well as an ATP, and A&P certificate. He and his wife, Christina, have three children and reside in Plano, TX.