Greg was born to fly! He grew up with a huge interest in aviation, after listening to stories told by his grandfather and uncle, about high-flying adventures! He spent countless hours at his local airport, chin on the boundary fence, just watching planes. Eventually his dreams took flight when, at 17, he began taking flying lessons. Since then, Greg has become an experienced pilot with over 20,000 hours of flight time in 131 different aircraft models, all accumulated over 42 years of professional flying; night freight in the early days, then on to Corporate and Airline, Aircraft Evaluation and testing. Greg is rated in 9 different jets and is certified to instruct in single and multi-engine airplanes, single and multi-engine seaplanes, gliders and of course, aerobatic instruction. Keeping it in the family, Greg also taught his wife (Micki) and his two sons (Jeff & Joe) to fly as well. Today, all three of them are also flight instructors. Jeff and Joe fly aerobatics and both are airshow performers. Micki often flies her Citabria or Champ to shows as a support aircraft. Micki serves as the team Safety Officer and Announcer.
Hailing from Overland Park, KS, RADIAL RUMBLE pilot Jeff Shetterly is a third generation aviator who grew up in Indianapolis, IN and works in the medical device industry. Jeff graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Human Factors Engineering and served in the United States Army on M1A1 Abrams tanks. He was stationed in Germany and deployed several times to the Balkans, leaving military service in 2001.
In the years since, Jeff has become an instrument rated commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, flying single and multi-engine aircraft as well as gliders – 95 different aircraft types so far. Jeff hopes his performances will be an inspiration to both children and adults, and he is constantly humbled and enjoys learning from the veterans who flew planes like “39F” (his 1945 North American SNJ-6 “Texan") when they were new.
With limited opportunities to fly full-scale airplanes as a young boy, Joe built and flew gas-powered control-line models – something generations of Shetterly boys had enjoyed before him. Soon he was winning radio-controlled aircraft competitions, performing many of the maneuvers that you can see him perform at air shows across North America today. Only now, you might say, he’s got more skin in the game.
Not surprisingly, Joe soloed an airplane at his first legal opportunity: his 16th Birthday. Meeting the FAA minimum age requirement, he earned his private pilot’s license at just 17, while still a teenager, Joe began competing in aerobatics! While earning an undergraduate degree in Engineering at the University of Kansas, Joe worked as a full-time flight instructor to help pay his way through school.
After graduating, his passion for flying led him to the Air Force where he continues to serve. He was selected to fly his dream machine: the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt II (the Warthog!). While stationed in Tucson, AZ, Joe’s fighter pilot buddies gave him the call-sign “Rifle.”
In 2009, Rifle earned a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry Riddle, and was selected as the Air Force’s A-10 Demonstration Pilot flying nearly 250 aerobatic demonstrations in the Hog!
Rifle is an active instructor pilot in the mighty A-10 and holds an Air Transport Pilot Certificate with commercial privileges in gliders, single-engine, and multi-engine airplanes. He has logged more than 5000 hours in 133 different makes and models to date, with 2000+ in the A-10, and 1500+ as a civilian flight instructor. He has test flown – performed the very first flights – in 6 different experimental aircraft!
Joe hopes that his air show performances might spark an interest in aviation.
Learn to fly! … Pursue your dreams! … Take the shot!
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