Julie Clark, among the first women pilots employed by a major airline and known by many as the First Lady of the air shows, just keeps racking up the awards.
2017 is Julie’s 38th consecutive year as a solo aerobatic Air Show pilot, a remarkable achievement. As her dear friend, the incomparable and legendary Bob Hoover said, at the 2014 Living Legends of Aviation dinner, “Not too many pilots can say they have been flying air shows for 36 years in the same airplane!”
A pilot for more than 46 years and a retired Northwest Airlines Captain, Julie Clark has logged nearly 34,000 accident-free hours in the air and is rated in more than 66 types of aircraft. During her 37-year career as a solo aerobatic air show pilot, in recognition of these amazing accomplishments, Julie has earned the admiration of fans everywhere and received many awards and honors.
Restoration fans will appreciate that Julie bought her Beechcraft T-34 in 1976, sight unseen” at a government surplus auction, in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1977, Julie flew the airplane, dubbed Free Spirit, 2,900 miles to her home in California. Julie personally and painstakingly restored her airplane, and then hand-polished the aluminum inside and out. Over the next four years, Julie spent many long hours bringing the airplane back to mint condition. Julie’s T-34, with its creative version of the “Air Force One” paint scheme, is meticulously maintained and continuously upgraded.