International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame

2021 Inductee

Kirby Chambliss, EAA 261512, IAC 12086

Verne JobstAs 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.

Previous Inductees

2015
Sean D. Tucker
2014
Sammy Mason
2006
Gene Soucy
2005
Patty Wagstaff
2004
Dorothy Hester
Betty Stewart
2003
Don Taylor
2002
Bob Davis
Bill Thomas
2001
Mike Heuer
2000
Gene Beggs
1999
Henry Haigh
1998
Bill Barber
Rod Jocelyn
Harold Neumann
Tom Poberezny
J.G. "Tex" Rankin
1997
None
1996
None
1995
None
1994
None
1993
Clint McHenry
Neil Williams
1992
None
1991
Mary Gaffaney
Leo Loudenslager
1990
Lincoln Beachey
Bob Herendeen
Charlie Hillard
Art Scholl
1989
Bob Heuer
Bevo Howard
Harold Krier
1988
Marion Cole
Mike Murphy
Betty Skelton Frankman
1987
Jose Aresti
Duane Cole
Curtis Pitts
Frank Price
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