Meet the Team

It Takes a Team to Soar

It takes more than World Class professional pilots – we are a team of pilots, support pilots, ground crew, and support crew. With the Patriots Jet Team you have a pool of talent with more than 105,000 hours of flight time that have performed in more than 1,500 air shows.

Pilots

Dean “Wilbur” Wright

Lead #1
As the Patriots Lead Pilot 2004 to present, “Wilbur” is a retired USAF fighter pilot with 151 combat hours and 4000 total fighter hours. He flew the A-10 Warthog during Operation Desert Storm and the F-117 Stealth Fighter during the second Gulf war, Operation Iraqi Freedom. Wilbur has had several unique assignments consisting of instructing Taiwanese pilots in the AT-38B, flying as an Exchange Pilot with Britain’s Royal Air Force in the T.1 Hawk and Gr.7 Harrier and most notably in the F-16 as the #5 Thunderbird Solo Pilot from 1999 to 2000. Wilbur currently flies as a corporate pilot.

Rob “Stache” Hutchison

Right Wing #2
Patriots 2006 to present
Rob is a 747 Captain, accomplished skydiver and avid marathoner. He holds 12 Type ratings and is a Competitive Aerobatic Pilot.

John “Bordz” Posson

Left Wing #3
Patriots 2003 to present
John has 25 years of commercial flight experience including flying for Wien Air Alaska, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines. From 2006 to the present he's logged over 1300 hours in the P-51 as an instructor for Stallion 51 in Kissimmee, Florida and his vintage aircraft experience includes flying DC-3s, Beech 18s, Howards, Grumman Widgeons and more.

Paul "Sticky" Strickland

Slot #4
Patriots 2006 to present
"Sticky" is a retired USAF A-10, F-5, and F-16 fighter pilot with 270 combat hours and 3000 total fighter hours. He served as the Slot #4 pilot with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" and currently flies for Southwest Airlines. He's been married to Gena for 30+ years, who calls him "Sticky."

Rob "Scratch" Mitchell

Outer Left Wing #5
Patriots 2011 to present
Scratch was a Lt. Col. (Ret) in the RCAF from 1989 to 2009 and has flown the CF-5 and CF-18 jets. He has been the CF-18 demonstration Pilot, Snowbirds Outer Left Wing #7 and the Team Leader from 2007 to 2008. Most recently Scratch flew the Vintage Wings Golden Hawk F-86 Sabre. He has a Master's Degree in Strategy and Management and is currently an actor and TV producer in Vancouver Canada.

Scott “Banker” Ind

Outer Right Wing #6
Patriots 2010 to present
Scott was a commander for the U.S. Navy from 1987 to 2003. He has flown T-34s, T-2s, TA-4s, F-5s, F14s and F/A-18s and was a Blue Angels solo pilot and narrator from 1998 to 2000. He currently flies for Southwest Airlines.

Supporting Pilots

John “Sky” King

Jeff "Mojo" Jess

Randy “Howler” Howell

Team Owner

Jonathan "Huggy" Huggins

Ground Crew

Jeff "Mojo" Jess

Jet Operations

Mark "Moose" Kruger

#1 Crew Chief

Tom "Ponch" Roybal

#2 Crew Chief

Mike "Kojack" Ehlert

#3 Crew Chief

Ed "Mr Ed" Mori

#4 Crew Chief

Stephanie "Piddles" Bookout

#5 Crew Chief

Steve "Rings" Diethelm

#6 Crew Chief

Norm "Slo Flight" Spencer

Driver/Smoke Tech

Support Crew

Marie "Babe" Howell

Sponsor Coordinator

Megan "Pits" Mills

Music Coordinator

Ginette "Ginger" Huot

Operations & Events Coordinator

Cliff "Buttermilk" George

Photographer

Rob "Smokey" Borsari

Smoke Tech

Michael "Smurf" Temby

Narrator/PR

John "Sky" King

Safety Observer

Micheal Mainiero

Videographer

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