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Patty Wagstaff

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Alexis Ratley

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Alexis Ratley
Block-4 Patty Wagstaff Early Life Did you know? Patty's first Experience Patty was born in the USA and grew up all around Airplanes. At only nine years old she moved to Japan with her Dad, who was a Caption of the Japan Air Lines. At ten years old her dad let her take control of a DC-6 herself. Patty is a six- time member of the US Aerobatic Team, patty has one Gold, Silver and bronze medals in Olympic- level international aerobatic competition and is the first woman to win the title of the US National Aerobatic Champion and one of the few people to win it three times. Patty's first experience flying wasn't very positive. The first air plane she chartered for her job crashed on her first flight. Patty decided to learn to fly herself, hiring friend and later husband, Bob, to travel with her in his Cessna 185 float plane. She is a Flight and Instrument Instructor and is rated and qualified to fly many airplanes, from World War II fighters to jets. Patty in an Extra 300 airplane Where her Airplane takes her In March, 1994, her airplane, the Goodrich Extra 260, went on display in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. You can see Patty's airplane and exhibit in the Pioneers of Flight Gallery. Patty has trained with the Russian Aerobatic Team and has flown Airshows and competitions in such exotic places as South America, Russia, Europe, Mexico and Iceland. For the past ten years, Patty has traveled to East Africa to give bush, recurrency and aerobatic training to the pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service, who protect Kenya’s elephants, rhino and other natural resources from poachers. When Pattys not in the air Continuing a life of experience and adventure, when she’s not flying you can find her at the barn riding her Selle Francais show jumper, Ivgeni de Hogue. Patty's other interests include her Jack Russell Terriers and her parrot Buddha; riding her motorcycle and bicycle, reading, writing articles for aviation magazines and practicing yoga. Patty's skill is based on years of training and experience. She is a six-time recipient of the "First Lady of Aerobatics" Betty Skelton Award. In July 2004, Patty was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Air and Space Museum's Award for Current Achievement in 1994 Patty has recived the "Sword of Exellence" the "Bill Barber Award of Snowmanship" the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Katherine Wright Award About Patty's plane Built in Dinslaken, Germany by Walter Extra, the 300S combines superb quality, maximum performance and impeccable engineering into an aerobatic legend.
Engine:Textron Lycoming
Model Number:AEIO-580-X
Propeller:3-blade constant speed MT Propeller
Length:21.82 ft.
Height:8.6 ft.
Wingspan:24.6 ft.
Wing area:112.38 sq. ft. Pattys Planes Patty's Impacts In March, 1994, her airplane, the Goodrich Extra 260, went on display in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC.Patty has trained with the Russian Aerobatic Team and has flown Airshows and competitions in such exotic places as South America, Russia, Europe, Mexico and Iceland. For the past ten years, Patty has traveled to East Africa to give bush, recurrency and aerobatic training to the pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) who protect Kenya’s elephants, rhino and other natural resources from poachers. In 2010 Patty started flying for Cal Fire as an Air Attack pilot in the OV-10 Bronco. Cal Fire pilots fly both the OV-10 and the S2T Tanker out of 13 different bases helping keep California safe from fires and supporting firefighters on the ground. Patty was born in Patricia Rosalie Kearns Combs on 11 September 1951 and her Residence was Florida. Patty's Life hasn't always been positive Patty had two early marriages and divorces and it was her second husband, a lawyer named Wagstaff, who introduced her to serious flying. Her parents had a fairly stormy marriage, made worse by alcohol; her mother often hit her. As a teen, she dropped out of high school, ran away to London and was kidnapped back home by private detectives hired by her parents Honors and Awards Patty bases her HQ in Fernandina Beach, FL where she teaches aerobatics during off-season. She flies as a "stunt pilot" for major motion picture and television projects. Her sponsors include B.F. Goodrich Aerospace, Textron Lycoming Engines, Barrett Performance Aircraft, MT Propeller, Shell Oil, and McCauley Propeller.

Her many honors and awards include:
1997 Inductee, Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame
1996 Recipient, Charlie Hilliard Trophy
1996 GAN & Flyers Readers Choice Award, Favorite Female Performer
1996 Top Scoring US Pilot at World Aerobatic Meets
1991, 1992, 1993 US National Aerobatic Championships
1993 International Aerobatic Club Champion
1985-1996 Member, U.S. Aerobatic Team
1990/1992/1994 Top US Medal Winner, World Aerobatic Championships
1995 Recipient, ICAS Sword of Excellence Award
1994 National Air and Space Museum Award for Current Achievement
1994 NAA Certificate of Honor
1991 Voted Western Flyer Reader's Choice Favorite Airshow Performer
1988-1994 Winner Betty Skelton "First Lady of Aerobatics" Trophy
1987 Rolly Cole Memorial Award for Contributions to Sport Aerobatics
1998 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship
1997 Recipient, NAA Paul Tissiander Diploma
1997 Inductee, Women in Aviation International Hall of Fame Interesting Facts Personality: Courageous
Personality : Hard worker
Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Sister also a noted pilot)
Work : Loves job
Home : Many moves
Education : Teacher (Aerobatic competitors)
Entertainment : Other Entertainment (Stunt pilot for airshows)
Travel : Adventurer
Travel : Aviation field
Travel : Pilot/ commercial
Travel : Pilot/ private
Awards : Hall of Fame (Two)
Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)
Famous : Top 5% of Profession Wagstaff continues working in the aviation field, as board member of the NAA and as chief pilot of the Aeroshell aviation team (sponsored by the major gas company). Her Shell team is based in Florida.
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