The Aeroshell Team
Mark has been flying airshows for over 35 years. He has flown over 100 different types of aircraft and has type ratings in the AD4 Skyraider, Grumman TBM, Boeing B-17, Douglas DC3, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and the North American B-25 Mitchell. He holds a letter of Authorization (LOA) that covers all piston powered experimental aircraft, single and multiengine. Mark is also a Designated Pilot Examiner and a certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. He and Alan Henley, co-founder of the Team, are twin brothers.
Steve soloed the very T-6 he flies with the Team while a junior in high school. He holds a commercial, single and multiengine instructors rating, seaplane and also type ratings in the F4U corsair and B-25 Mitchell. Steve has also been a certified aerial applicator for over 30 years and is an ICAS ACE examiner. Steve was one of the original founders of the Team and inherited his flying skills from his Dad, Merle Gustafson, a well known and beloved pilot in the aviation family.
Bryan dreamed of flying for most of his childhood. The Aeroshell Team found itself in need of a backup pilot in the summer of 2008, and with his Commercial, single and multi-engine license, instrument rating and over 7,500 hours, Bryan had both the availability and the experience to fill the position. His flying expertise includes flying all four positions with the Red Baron Pizza Squadron.
Jimmy began flying at age 14, taught by his father. By age 18 he had obtained his Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine, Seaplane, and Instructor ratings. He was introduced to airshow flying in the late 1970’s by Marion Cole and Merle Gustafson. During this time he flew a Pitts Special, Midget Mustang, and Schweitzer 126 Sailplane. Jimmy has over 22,000 hours of flight time in over 100 types of aircraft, and retired from Delta airlines as a senior captain on the Airbus 330.
The AeroShell Team, Past and Present
L to R: Gene McNeely, Jimmy Fordham, Mark Henley, Alan Henley, Ben Cunningham, Steve Gustafson, Bryan Regan