"One of the best warbird acts out there!" - long time airshow promoter
BIG, LOUD AND FILLING THE SKY WITH SMOKE TRIALS, we call our act "Smoke, Noise, and a Tribute." The T-6 is always a crowd favorite. Pilot Maker Air Shows will give your fans a high impact, beautiful and graceful show demonstrating all the maneuvers flown by WWII military pilots. A perfect change of pace from the unlimited aerobatic acts, this crowd pleasing performance is a tribute to the men and women who sacrificed all for the freedoms we have today, and a reminder of the values and noble goodness of our great nation.
Eager, enthusiastic and easy to work with, pilot Barry Hancock and Pilot Maker Air Shows will work closely with your air show team to meet your needs in a professional, positive, and maintenance free way. Media rides, interviews, appearances, videos and more are all a part of how we share our love for aviation and our desire to be a great value to any air show.
BARRY HANCOCK - VETERAN WARBIRD DRIVER
It all began when he looked up from his foxhole. The make believe foxhole he dug in his back yard as a kid to take on the advancing "Germans" coming up the hill. When he looked up from his backyard, he saw jets from El Toro Marine Air Station, which flew over his house every day. All it took was one trip to the air show at that same base and Barry was hooked. Riding in the family plane as a kid further set the hook and dreams of becoming a fighter pilot set in. As fate would have it, the fighter pilot route never came to pass, but the dream never died.
With careers in professional tennis and broadcasting behind him, Barry turned back to aviation, always with the dream of flying warbirds. Shortly after acquiring his private pilot's license at age 31, he was fortunate enough to acquire his first warbird, a Nanchang CJ-6A from China. He instantly fell in love with the radial engines and a passion was born. Not too long after that he established Worldwide Warbirds, Inc., in Chino, CA, which became one of the nation's top warbird restoration and brokerage companies.
Over the past 15 years Barry has been a leader in the warbird community, and for over a decade he has been restoring, selling, and instructing in piston and jet warbirds. With over 3500 flight hours to his credit, including leading large formations at air shows across the country, Barry is now bringing that professionalism, passion, and enthusiasm to his solo T-6 act in the Pilot Maker, and is living proof that it's never to late to chase and achieve your dreams.
Barry resides in Lindon, UT, with his wife Ann Michelle and 6 appropriately troublesome children.
The Legendary NORTH AMERICAN T-6G - SECOND AIRCRAFT NOW in FLORIDA!!
The legendary T-6 brings one-of-a-kind presence to your airshow with it's impressive smoke trail and unique sound, as well as extraordinary ramp presence to your show. Used as the advanced trainer during and after WWII, the T-6 was officially designated as the "Texan" but also known as "The Pilot Maker" for its crucial role in training fighter pilots during the war. It's 600 hp, 9 cylinder Pratt & Whitney radial engine, 42 foot wing span, and classic looks make the T-6 a crowd favorite as it loops, rolls and fills the sky with nostalgia and grace.
Our T-6s are actually sister ships, being produced just 3 serial numbers apart! Both served extensively as trainers in the Spanish Air Force for over two decades before being sold and imported back into the US as surplus aircraft and sold on the civilian market. BH-388 is our Western show plane distinguished by it's black and silver "invasion stripes" with the individual flecks of silver representing the sacrifice made by individuals on behalf of our great nation. TA-359 is our South East show aircraft sporting a traditional USAF trainer paint scheme and a chrome spinner. This aircraft also retains the original "football" ADF antenna.
HONORING THE PAST
Pilot Maker Air Shows honors the past by dedicating each performance to the men and women who designed, built, trained, maintained, supported, and flew these great machines. So much was given on our behalf. Our passion is not only about honoring the plane, but also the people of the Greatest Generation, as well as veterans of all generations.
INSPIRING THE FUTURE
Whether you are a kid at your first airshow, or an adult that has always wanted to fly, Barry's story and enthusiasm are inspirational to young and old alike. At Pilot Maker Airshows we believe that with the privilege of being able to fly these great machines comes the responsibility of passing on our enthusiasm, passion, and respect for flight and our country's history. Engaging kids at shows, giving presentations at schools, and inspiring future generations of aviators is just as important to us as putting on a good show.