Lt Col John Klatt, Retired
As a young child growing up in Eagan, Minnesota, John Klatt dreamed of flying, and his favorite pastime was listening to his father, an aircraft mechanic, tell aviation stories. His first “hands-on” experience in the aviation industry was washing airplanes and pumping gas to earn enough money for flying lessons. John received his private pilot ratings in 1986, and began flying a Taylorcraft L2-A by the time he was 18 years old. Today, he is recognized as one of the world’s top aerobatic pilots, having performed in over 300 airshows throughout the past 15 years.
John graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1989, with a degree in Communications, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Minnesota Air National Guard. As a proud member of the 133rd Airlift Wing, John flew the huge C-130 Hercules military transport delivering crucial supplies during Operation Restore Hope. He later transitioned to the F-16 Fighting Falcon and completed three combat tours in Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Lieutenant Colonel Klatt has logged more than 2,000 hours at the controls of the F-16.
Simultaneous to his military career, John began the long and difficult journey to become a professional aerobatic performer. The high degree of skill, concentration, and mental toughness required in this profession drew him to the world of aerobatics. He succeeded in his quest, and began performing in airshows in 1999. His presence, experience, and reputation in is unparalleled, and well known throughout the airshow industry.
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