Bob “Wizard” Markert is a Renegade Wingman and Solo pilot and flies a RV-8 he built. He attended Army pilot training in 1974. In 1980 he switched services and earned his Air Force wings and flew the F-15. After 16 years active duty he transferred to the National Guard. Bob spent over 34 years in military cockpits and has flown the F-15 Eagle, AH-1G/F Cobra, AH-64 Apache Attack helos, UH-1 Huey, OH-58 Scout, and C-26 aircraft. He started his Airline career in 1988 and has flown the DC9, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, and A320. Bob is currently an Instructor/Evaluator flying the B756/767 for United. He holds a degree in Technical Aeronautics from Tennessee State University and a Master’s degree in Intermodal Transportation Mgmt from the University of Denver. Bob and his wife Mary live in Littleton, CO. They have two grown daughters and 6 Grandkids.
Propeller: WhirlWind 200RV
Propeller: Hartzel CS
Propeller: Hartzell CS
Chris "Twister" Murphy is the Renegade Lead Solo and flies an RV-4 that he built. He soloed on his 16th birtday and got his private pilots License at age 17. He enlisted in the USAF and was a crew chief on the F-4 Phantom earning 2 below the zone promotions. After earning his degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management he separated from the Air Force and took a position with United Airlines in Chicago. Chris transfered to flight ops in 1988 and has flown the Boeing 727, 737, 757, 767 and is currently a Denver based B-757/767 Captain. In 2008 Chris won the Sport Air Racing League National Silver Championship with his RV-4 which still holds the top speed record in its class. Chris has 3 grown children and 1 grandson. He and his wife Lisa live in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Propeller: WhirlWind 200RV
Completed: May 2015
Comments: Oshkosh Reserve
Grand Champion award
Ed “Sabre” O’Connor is a Renegade Wingman and flies an RV-8 that he built. Ed grew up in Iowa and started flying at the age of 17. He graduated from Missouri State Teachers College and entered the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant, graduating from Air Force Pilot Training in 1969. Ed served 21 years in the Air Force, flying F-100s, O-2As, OV-10s, F-4s and E-9s. After retirement, he was hired by Northwest Airlines and flew B727s, DC-9s, Flight Engineer on the B747 and retired from Northwest Airlines / Delta Air Lines as a Captain on the A-320. Ed has accumulated over 18,000 hours flying time including over 500 hours of combat flight hours in Vietnam. He lives in Greeley, Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has two daughters, a step son and step daughter.
Engine: Lyc. IO-360
Propeller: WhirlWind C/S
Comments: Giles was new design at the time
of first flight (serial number 8). Made of carbon fiber. The airframe is stressed for +/- 10 g's, roll rate is 400 degrees per second.
Jim "Gringo" Gray is the Renegade Team Lead and flies an RV-8 that he built. Jim attended the University of Colorado and entered the United States Navy after graduation, earning his "Navy Wings of Gold" in 1977. Jim flew the T-34B, T-2C, TA-4J, and the F-14A Tomcat. He made 2 extended Western Pacific/Indian Ocean cruises aboard the USS Constellation and has over 300 carrier landings. Jim was hired by Northwest Airlines in 1983. Northwest merged with Delta Air Lines in 2008, and Jim retired from Delta in 2010 as a 747-400 Captain. During his career, he flew the B-727, B-757, and DC-10 as First Officer, and the B-727, B-757, and B-747-400 as Captain. He has accumulated over 20,000 hours of flight time during his military and airline careers. Jim and his wife Lindsey have 2 children and live in Evergreen, CO. Their son Matt is an Air Traffic Controller, and their daughter Brennan is an Airline Pilot.
Propeller: MT 3 bladed
Comments: IFR: GARMIN
Propeller: MT C/S
Comments: Dynon Skyview
Propeller: Hartzel CS
Steve "Weasel" Cox is a Renegade Wingman and flies an RV-8. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State, Summa Cum Laude in Aerospace Administration. He flew the T-37 and T-38 during Air Force flight training, and then RF-4's in his Kentucky Air National Guard squadron. Steve was hired with United Airlines in 1987 and is currently a Captain and check airman on the Airbus A-319/320. During his career, in addition to the A-320, Steve has flown the McDonnell Douglas DC-10, Boeing B-737, B-747 and B-757/767. He has accumulated over 17,000 hours of flight time in various civilian and military aircraft.
Steve lives in Evergreen, Colorado with his wife Kim. Their daughter Kellie is a graduate of Seattle University and is currently teaching in New York City.
Brian “Torch” Wampler is a Renegade Wingman and flies an RV-8 that he completed in 2008. He started his flying career in 1968 at his hometown airport in Easton, MD and continued flying with the aero club at the University of Maryland where he graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Brian entered the Air Force in 1971 and completed initial pilot training at Columbus AFB, MS. A Vietnam Veteran, he served over 20 years of active duty service in the Air Force flying DC-6s, T-38s, C-141s, Beechcraft King Air 200s, and DC-9s. He retired from the Air Force in 1991 from Andrews AFB, MD where he flew AF II missions in the DC-9, carrying the Vice-President of the United States as well as other dignitaries. He retired from his airline career in 2014 after flying the Airbus A-320 for a major airline. Brian lives in Larkspur, CO with his wife Diane. He has 2 grown children and 2 wonderful grandkids.
Propeller: WhirlWind 200RV
Comments: Oshkosh Bronze Lindy
award winner 2010
Air Show Team
Scott “Ginsu” Ginn is the Renegade Slot pilot and flies an RV-8. He soloed in gliders at the age of 14 and comes from a family of pilots, including his grandfather, mother, father, and brother. He began his flying career in the US Army, where he flew the UH-60 Blackhawk. Realizing his “need for speed” Scott transferred to US Air Force pilot training, flying the T-37, A/T-38 and ultimately the F-15 Eagle. He is currently a 757/767 Standards Captain for United Airlines, having flown the B727, B737, B747-400, B757, B767, A320, C-130, C-21 Lear Jet, C-26 and Hughes 300/500. He is married to his high school sweetheart of 39 years and they have two sons, (both married), a daughter, and 5 beautiful grandchildren. They live in Erie, CO.
Steve "G-Man" Bergevin is the Renegade Opposing Solo, flying a Giles G-202 which he built over the course of 7 years. He started flying gliders in 1973, when he was too young to drive, earned his Private Pilot License in High School, and kept adding ratings through ATP, CFII-ME, and Flight Engineer. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with an Aeronautical Engineering degree, and worked as a design engineer and factory flight instructor for Piper Aircraft. He has been a pilot for a major airline since 1985, and is currently a B-787 Captain based in San Francisco. Steve has won several trophies at Fly-Ins, and Aerobatic Contests, and given hundreds of "Thrill of a Lifetime" rides to people. He and his wife Amy have 2 daughters, Justine and Monica.
Tom “Strato” Spratt is a Renegade Wingman and the newest member of the team. He flies an RV-8 which he completed in 2014. Tom attended the United States Air Force Academy and graduated AF pilot training in 1978. After 7 years active duty, he transferred to the South Carolina Air National Guard. Tom flew the T-37, T-38, F-4E, and the F-16A/C. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. Tom was hired by United Airlines in 1990. He has flown the DC-9, B-727, B-737, B-757, B-767, B-777, and currently flies the B-747-400. He is the Senior Manager of Flight Standards and an Instructor /Evaluator for the 747 fleet. Tom has accumulated over 13,000 hours during his combined military and airline careers. Tom and his wife Daryl live in Westminster, Colorado. They have four grown children between them, Cassandra, Michael, Skyler and Jordan.
Propeller: Sensenich G.A.
Comments: Sport Air Racing League
National Silver Championship, still
holds the top speed record in its class
Jim "Mad Dog" Sherry is the Renegade Narrator and Wingman. Jim flies an RV-8 that he built. Jim attended the University of Rhode Island and has masters degrees from USC and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After college, he entered the Air Force and earned his Air Force pilot wings in 1971. Jim flew the T-41, T-37, T-38 and the KC-135 Tanker, and is a combat veteran of both the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. After 8 years of active duty, he continued for 14 more years in the New Jersey Air National Guard where he retired as a LtCol. Jim recently completed 30 years of commercial aviation and retired from Delta Air Lines while accumulating over 25,000 hours of total flight time, having flown the DC-9, B727, B757, and the B747-200 & -400. Jim and his wife Ruth live in Boulder, Colorado and have 2 children. Colleen works as a microbiologist in Denver. John is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado.