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.
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.
Sam Hoynes attained a MBA while serving in the Air Force. As an officer for 15 years and pilot for 12 years he has over 3,600 hours flying time in T37’s, T-38’s, H-19’s, CH-3’s, UH-1F’s, and C-130’s with two tours in Vietnam. He was an Air Force instructor pilot, instrument instructor pilot and standardization pilot in rotary and fixed wing aircraft with the FAA Pilot's License's to match. Sam later spent 30 years as a safety engineer then as Corporate Safety Manager of an industrial gas business. This job, where he became a Certified Safety Professional, involved all areas of regulatory compliance, safety, safety training and accident investigation for a company with over 4,000 employees. Sam joined the CAF Houston Wing in 2004 and has served as the unit's Safety Officer, Museum Collections Officer and works Wings Over Houston Airshow. In 2013 Sam took on the volunteer duties of Industrial and Ground Safety Director for the CAF.