As a child, Kirby Chambliss was always playing with toy airplanes and at just 13 years old started flying. When he was 21, he flew as a corporate pilot for the La Quinta hotel chain, and through that job, he was sent to a 10-hour aerobatic course with Duane Cole to train in a Decathlon. At that point his love of aerobatics became an obsession. By 24, he was the youngest commercial pilot at Southwest Airlines and made captain by 28. Although he enjoyed flying commercial, it became a means to pay for his true love for aerobatics.
Kirby joined the IAC in 1986 and entered his first contest. He placed first in the Intermediate category in his first aerobatic airplane, a Pitts Special S-2A. That same year he began flying air shows, continuously training to perfect his aerobatic skills and routines. Kirby modeled much of his aggressive flying style after his hero Leo Loudenslager, seven-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and 1980 World Aerobatic Champion.
He earned a spot on the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team from 1997 to 2005 and served as team captain three times. He won his first U.S. National Unlimited Champion title in 1998 and went on to win the title four more times between 2002 and 2005. To date, Kirby has accumulated 13 medals in world competition.
Thomas H. Adams Jr.
Sean D. Tucker
R.A. (Bob) Hoover
J.G. "Tex" Rankin
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