ABOUT YOUR PILOT:
Brian has had his head in the clouds since he was born. His first word, according to his mother, was “plane”. At the age of 14, Brian attended an airshow called the Flying Circus in Bealeton Virginia, a barnstorming style airshow that has operated old biplanes off a big grass airport every Sunday, May through October, since 1971. Brian went back every Sunday until he was hired onto the ground crew to sweep out hangars and take out the trash. He then began his flying lessons shortly thereafter in many of the biplanes at the airshow, which cemented his passion for old-time aviation.
After obtaining his Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multi-Engine ratings, Brian became a Certified Flight Instructor in 1996 and has remained current as a CFI ever since. He worked his way up from ground crew member to ride and airshow pilot at the Flying Circus, flying numerous antique aircraft. In addition to flight instructing, he has also towed banners, dropped skydivers, performed aerial mapping for the USDA, ferried aircraft around the country, taught aerobatics, and flew traffic reporters around the Washington D.C. beltway. He graduated with honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Science.
Brian now lives in Denver NC and has been a professional airline pilot since 1999. He currently flies the Airbus 319, 320, and 321 aircraft. He is also qualified to fly the Embraer 120, Embraer 145, and Boeing 737 aircraft. He has flown sightseeing, aerobatic, and instructional flights in Stearman biplanes for more than 25 years and has logged over 14,000 hours in the air, of which more than 2000 is giving flight instruction. Additionally, he won 1st place in the Aerobatic Competition at the 2015 National Stearman Fly-In.
ABOUT OUR PLANE:
1943 STEARMAN N2S-5
Construction of our Stearman N2S-5 was completed by the Boeing Aircraft Company at the Stearman Aircraft Division factory in Wichita Kansas on September 20, 1943. She was purchased by the U.S. Army for the U.S. Navy for $9,120, and accepted into service on September 22, 1943 as BuNo. 43426.
She was then flown to Naval Air Station (NAS) Memphis in Millington Tennessee where she remained until April of 1946. Then she was transferred to NAS Corpus Christi Texas where she was overhauled and reconditioned. In July of 1947, she was assigned to NAS Weeksville in Elizabeth City North Carolina and placed in storage until being stricken from the inventory and sold by the War Assets Administration in July 1948.
Interestingly, she began her civilian life in 1948 right here in Charlotte, having been purchased by the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol for the sum of $550. She spent the next 8 years teaching CAP cadets to fly from what is now called the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, but was just the Charlotte Municipal Airport back then, and the Gastonia Municipal Airport. In 1956, she was sold to an agricultural service in Liberal Kansas and modified to perform Crop Dusting operations. She dusted crops throughout Texas and California until being restored to original military configuration in 1984 and moving to Florida. She was again treated to another restoration to her current condition in 1998 by Caruso Air Service of St. Mary’s Pennsylvania, who specializes in Stearman restorations.
Today, she truly is a member of our family, and is lovingly known to us as "Sweet Caroline".
Legacy Biplane LLC is dedicated to safely providing skilled tailwheel and aerobatic flight instruction while sharing the golden age of open cockpit flying, highlighting the unique benefits of training in the Stearman biplane. Our mission is to safely fulfill our customers goals of achieving flying proficiency for those who strive to achieve it as well as promoting the growth of general aviation by inspiring possible future pilots through carefully designed introductory Discovery Flight programs modeled after, and inspired by, the greatest generation of Americans.