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Jim Bourke is an active aerobatic competitor and air show pilot, the owner of Knife Edge Software (the makers of the “RealFlight” simulator), the President of the International Aerobatic Club, and a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics Hall of Fame for his extensive work in model aviation. He lives in Corvallis, OR where he spends most of his free time flying or teaching aerobatics.
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Project Director & Host
Tony Horvath is the owner of Specialty Aero where he specializes in tube and fabric airplanes. Recipient of the 2019 Curtis Pitts Memorial trophy he has built many airplanes including including Sean D Tucker’s Oracle Challenger III. In his youth Tony could be found every weekend at his home airport of Hobby Field in Creswell, OR. There, his fascination in golden age racers grew from watching Delmar Benjamin’s Gee Bee R2 and Jim Wright Hughes’ racer replicas being constructed.
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For over a decade Matthew has devoted his time to studying and preserving the history of the former Bowles-Agawam Airport, where Bob Hall and the Springfield Aircraft Company designed and built the original Springfield Bulldog racer in 1932.
Matt is a former 30-year resident of the Springfield, MA area, and his childhood home was located only a few hundred yards from the site of the old airfield in Agawam. Inspired by his lifelong love of aviation, Matt has been gathering the stories of his hometown’s historic airfield. One of the most important stories is that of Bob Hall and the Bulldog.
These days Matt lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife Sarah and a bulldog of their own “Wilson.”
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Kevin Kimball owns JKE Works, Inc. in Mount Dora, Florida, and has specialized in restoring vintage airplanes since 1980. Together with his father, Jim, and son, Kallin, the Kimballs have restored or scratch-built over 130 planes, ranging from cubs to staggerwings. Kevin developed the HP kit version of the Pitts model 12 aerobatic aircraft designed by Curtis Pitts and went on to sell over 120 kits. Kevin was honored as the first recipient of the Curtis Pitts Innovative Aerobatic Design Award in 2009, in part due to the success of the model 12 program. Kevin has designed and built two airplanes, a full-scale and highly accurate replica of the Gee Bee Z and the Mccullocoupe.