David is a longtime aficionado of aviation and its history ever since, as a 5 year old, he'd wave to the pilot of a Piper Cub circling low over his neighbor's house on Long Island, New York, USA. At the age of nine, his family moved to a small farm in Ohio where his father took a job as an avionics technician at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. Frequent visits to the Air Force Museum, every Armed Forces Day, open house and airshow cinched it up... he was hooked on aviation. He joined the Civil Air Patrol and was a Junior Air Force ROTC Cadet.
David joined the Army the day after High School Graduation. After Warrant Officer Flight Training, he went to Vietnam and flew UH1C, M gunships and resupply and combat assault missions in the H model. He says: "I am currently gathering information on the disposition and whereabouts of all of the Hueys, (yes, all 15,000 or so of them!) for a web site dedicated to this incredible helicopter."
David is a Dual Rated (airplane and helicopter), Master Army Aviator, Instructor Pilot, Instrument Flight Examiner, Aviation Safety Officer, and an aircraft accident investigator. He holds an FAA Airmen's Certificate, Airline Transport Pilot, Rotorcraft-Helicopter; Commercial Pilot, Airplane Single-Multi Engine Land; Instrument; Certified Flight Instructor- Instrument, Rotorcraft-Helicopter; Advanced Ground Instructor. David over 12,000 hours of flight time, mostly in the UH1H as a flight instructor. He is qualified in UH1B,C,D,H and M, TH67, U8F/X, U21, C-12 military aircraft.
David "spent 34 years flying as an Army Aviator and as a Department of the Army Civilian (DAC) helicopter and aircraft flight instructor, here at Fort Rucker, in Germany and in the Army Reserve. Although I was medically grounded in 2003, I am currently an Academic Instructor with the 110th Aviation Brigade (formally the Aviation Training Brigade) at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Since I am right down the road from the Army Aviation Museum, if anyone needs or wants information or photos from the Museum just let me know!"