"One of the best warbird acts out there!" - DEBBY STANDER, VETERAN AIR SHOW PRODUCER
You may not have heard of Barry Hancock and his T-6 demo, but you will. In only his 3rd year on the air show circuit Barry has already distinguished himself as a premier solo aerobatic performer with a surface level waiver and typically flies late in the lineup. This is not just some fly-bys with a roll or two, this is a dynamic, engaging, and graceful full aerobatic demo showcasing the capabilities of our beautiful North American T-6. Combine this with a powerful custom music track and dynamic announcing that shares educating stories from WWII pilot training, and an inspirational “chase your dreams” narrative targeted at kids young and old, and you can see this is a must have act for any air show. Whether he is flying for 600,000 at a military base or 6000 at a local show, Barry will be an act your fans won’t soon forget.
"I loved your act. One of the best T-6 acts I've ever seen and that's what I told the crowd.” - Mike Berriochoa, Veteran Air Show Announcer
On the ground Barry loves to mix with the fans, sign autographs, and help shows with pubic outreach both in person and with our targeted social media campaign of your show. He will give media rides, circle jumpers, give early morning interviews, and anything else you need to help make your show successful. As a former sports broadcaster Barry knows what to say to help promote your show!
“I have time in the T-6, and what you do is amazing. It’s a beautiful show!” - Rich Perkins, Veteran Air Show Performer
Barry is a highly accomplished pilot who has been flying warbirds for nearly 20 years. He is a formation check pilot for the Commemorative Air Force, serves on the national safety board for that same organization, and teaches aerobatics, spins, and upset recovery every day at his flight school in Heber City, UT.
“Outstanding Performance!” - Wayne Boggs, Air Boss Consulting, Inc.
We will provide you with a complete media kit for your show including high quality, high resolution photos, performer bio, video, and will coordinate with local media. Our social media networks have over 5000 followers and will be utilized to promote your show with targeted ad spends to your demographics for your show. Here is a short video of our act that landed us a sponsorship with Lift Aviation for the 2017 season. This is a
“Dude, that is truly a very good show. Thank you for flying for us!” - Matt Boehnke - Air Show Director, Tri-Cities Water Follies
This really is a must have act, and a class act of a guy, for any air show. We would love to be a part of your show and look forward to hearing from you!
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 nearly 4000 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.