T-33 SHOOTING STAR - GREG COLYER
Greg Colyer has more than three decades of experience as a pilot and a career that is built on the love of aviation, which he discovered at young age. He earned his license in 1982 and
has been flying ever since – as a hobby and to entertain tens of thousands of air show spectators. Greg currently works for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Air Traffic
Controller in Oakland.
Greg is a premier air show performer in his Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, an American jet trainer aircraft that made its debut with the United States Navy in 1948 for pilots who were already qualified to fly propeller-driven aircraft. The Navy used the T-33 as a land-based trainer before a carrier capable version was developed in the late 1950s. Today, many T-33 aircraft fly as warbirds at air shows across North America, including the T-33 with distinctive Thunderbird markings.
In his performance in the T-33, Greg conducts a 14-pass solo aerobatic demonstration that includes a vertical roll, split ‘S’ loop, Cuban eight, high-speed pass, barrel roll, lazy eight, double
aileron roll, inverted pass, dirty pass, four-point roll and a photo pass.
In addition to the T-33 he has dubbed ‘Ace Maker’, Greg has experience flying a Beech T-34, a Russian L-29 Delfin Jet and an L-39 Albatross.
Greg is also credited with founding the T-33 Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help in the preservation of this type of aircraft. The foundation’s goal is to educate people about the heritage of numerous aircraft including the Lockheed P-80, F-80, TF-80, T-33 Shooting Star and other Korean War-era aircraft – among the first generation of U.S. jets.
For additional information, visit http://www.acemaker33.com/