Randy W Ball
As a youngster, my father took me flying occasionally, and I spent countless hours with one of my heroes, my Great Uncle Gilbert Ball, who flew 51 missions over Europe flying the B-17 Flying Fortress. Even before college, I knew I wanted to fly. By the time I was 13 years old, I had already taken off and landed a plane with my father and soloed at the age of 18. I volunteered to work in my first air show in 1982 and flew in my first air show more than 30 years ago. I now perform throughout North America, from Canada to Mexico.
I like to spend time with Civil Air Patrol Cadets and the Boy Scouts. My favorite maneuver is the vertical A/B roll. My favorite airshow is the one where I can have access to the fans, especially the kids. It is the kids who make all the work worth it. They are the next generation, and the one hope I have is to inspire them in a positive way…to fly.
"Pilots are a rare kind of human. They leave the ordinary surface of the world to purify their soul in the sky, and they come down to the earth only after receiving the communion of the infinite." – Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra. Our team's "rare kind of humans" are keys to our success in the Jet 1 Cup.