Skip “Scooter” Aldous
Lake City, FL
Skip is the retired president of five “Metric” motorcycle dealerships in northern Florida and southern Georgia. He began flying with the Air Force in 1965 and retired in 1994, as the squadron commander of the 159th Fighter Squadron, FANG. after flying the T-33, T-37, T-38, F-102, F-106, and the F-16. He has accumulated more than 6,000 hours of flying time and began flying the T-34 in 1998. He has been flying on the team since 2000 and transitioned to team lead in 2013. Skip, along with his wife Patti, live at Cannon Creek Airpark in Lake City, FL.
Mark “Enigma” Miller
Mark is a third generation general aviation pilot, who got an early introduction to flying in his Grandfather’s Cessna 170B. Arabian show horses replaced aircraft in Mark’s parent’s home, which took him all over the Mid-West during his youth. Mark’s passion for aviation returned in the late eighties, when he moved to the Naperville area, near LL10. He dedicated over 5 years to accumulate the piloting hours necessary to buy a share of his first T-34 in 2003. Mark qualified for the team in 2007 and now is part owner of two T-34s. Mark works as a manager for an international earthmoving equipment manufacturer. He resides in Montgomery Illinois.
Roger “Fritz” Fritzler
San Diego, CA
Roger has been flying with American Airlines for over 30 years, currently piloting the 787 out of Chicago to points in Europe, South America and Asia. He has had the opportunity to fly almost all models of the Boeing family as well as the MD DC-10 and MD-80 aircraft. As a US Navy pilot, he flew the F-14A Tomcat off the decks of the USS Kitty Hawk with the VF-111 Sundowners in multiple WESTPACs during the 70s and 80s. Later, he flew the A-4 Skyhawk with the adversary squadron VFC-13 out of Miramar, San Diego, and commanded the reserve training squadron at NAS Corpus Christi. With his first American paycheck, he purchased the T-34A Mentor that he flies today as the Lima Lima slot pilot, after having joined the team in 2014.
Michael “Mikey” Marco
Michael Marco, a native of Jacksonville FL, grew up in an aviation family and has been flying since he was 14. A third generation pilot, Michael has accumulated 3000hrs of flight time during several years flying Bushplanes in Alaska and was an aerobatic instructor at the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School in St. Augustine FL. He currently works full time at his family’s Ophthalmic Sales company in Jacksonville managing sales for North and Central FL. He also runs the sales department for Fly-Lite Aviation, which manufactures under-wing lighting solutions for back country aircraft operations. Michael joined the team in 2018.
Jimmy “Cool Hand Luke” Burke
Jimmy began his aviation career after graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and entering the United States Air Force. After completing pilot training in T-37 and T-38 aircraft, he was assigned to Combat Crew Training in the supersonic, single seat, F-100. Jimmy then flew 325 combat missions in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967 as a fighter pilot in the F-100 and as a forward air controller in the O-1 Bird Dog. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, fifteen Air Medals, and the Purple Heart.
After a six year tour of duty, Jimmy left active service in the USAF and joined Eastern Air Lines. While at Eastern, he continued his military flying in the Air National Guard amassing over 2000 hours in the F-100. During his career with Eastern, Jimmy flew Boeing 727 and 757, Lockheed Electra, and Douglas DC-8 and DC-9 aircraft, and retired in 1991 as a B757 captain. Jimmy retired from the United States Air Force Reserve in 2004. Now retired from his third career as a forensic engineer, Jimmy flies a Russian Yak-52 and enjoys formation and airshow flying.
John “Ripper” Rippinger
John is president and CVO of Rippinger Financial Group, Inc. a Scottsdale-based insurance and employee benefit firm. He has been flying for over 50 years in both fixed wing and balloons. He was co-pilot on the gas balloon “Chicago” which won the 1981 U.S. National Championship. John manages the 20+ product sponsors for the team as well as the website. John, his wife Susan and their dog Aileron live in Scottsdale, AZ. He started flying T-34’s in 1989 and has been a member of the team since 1992. He recently retired from the aerobatic flying part of the team to concentrate on the management portion.