Air Group One Staff

WING LEADER

Doug English

  

 
 

Wing Leader

A native San Diegan returning to aviation after a long hiatus and joining AG1 in early 2014, he is involved in most of the Wing’s event planning and has served as Safety Officer.

He is also a member of the B-29/B-24 Squadron and tours the country on FIFI, CAF's B-29 Superfortress.

“Coming from a general aviation background” he says, “it is absolutely a dream come true to be involved in preserving aviation history in these WII aircraft.”

I am honored to be working around our professional staff and great volunteers to advance Air Group One and our mission to restore and keep our WWII aviation heritage alive and our aircraft flying safe.

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Christopher Van Stelle

        

 
 

Air Operations, Events, FlyDays! Aircraft Coordinator & Web Design


If there's an aviation event in Southern California, Christopher is typically involved and consults on numerous aviation events each year.

Christopher is currently the Air Show Coordinator for the MCAS Miramar Air Show and the Director of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. He is Vice President of the Southwest Council of Air Shows, a Regional Council of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) and was formerly the Executive Director and Air Show Coordinator for Air Show San Diego, and had previously assisted on the: MCAS Miramar Air Show, Hangar 24 Air Fest and Davis Monthan AFB Air Show.

As a Pilot, and Executive Officer of Air Group One, he's planned and executed numerous aviation events including Commemorative Flyovers for the: Holiday Bowl, San Diego Padres, USS Midway Museum, and Borrego Days Annual Festival, as well as, on-camera performances for a Travel Channel series airing in late 2017. Additionally, Christopher produces FlyDays!, a monthly community outreach event with vintage airplanes, classic cars, live music and great food.

Outside the Aviation industry, Christopher was an Executive in the Financial Services Industry for 20 years and has sat on the Board of several non-profit Organizations.

 

OPERATIONS OFFICER

Alton "Boots" McCormick

  

 
 

Aircraft Operations, Flyover & Ride Coordinator

"Boots" McCormick is an experienced commercial and military pilot, as well as a flight instructor. During his 20+ years aviation experience, he has flown fighters, tankers, surveillance aircraft, and helicopters, as well as any warbird he can get his hands on. One of his proudest moments is getting signed of in Air Group One's beautiful SNJ-5, "Sassy". 

 

MAINTENANCE OFFICER

Mike Dralle

  

 
 

Aircraft Maintenance & Restoration

Mike has been a member of Air Group one since 2007 and has worked primarily as the PX manager. If you see him at our Airshow or event he will be the guy at our trailer selling merchandise and espousing aviation history to any willing person.

As pilot he has over 600 hours in small aircraft and is an instrument rated private pilot, currently also flying our newest aircraft the Aeronca L-3.

Mike is also an engineer at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Group which also builds aircraft for the US military.

He is also working on restoring the Stinson L-5 which he and many others in the group hope to fly soon. 

 

FINANCE OFFICER

Darrel Cook

  

 

Finance Officer

I started flying in 1991 when I got my PPL at Golden State Flying Club.  Because I loved flying so much, I wanted to share that joy with others, so I obtained both my CFI and CFII.
Since I have a passion for War Birds, I joined the CAF in 2006 and Air Group One in 2009. To help the public learn more about aircraft history and the contributions made by veteran pilots, I began helping with Wings Over Gillespie and with restoration of the L-5 and maintenance on the SNJ.

I feel fortunate to have been asked to become a sponsor and pilot for the SNJ and L3 and am happily flying to airshows and giving members and the general public flights.

Besides my work with the CAF, I have served as president of Coastal Fliers—a small, nonprofit, pilot-owned flying club.   

Since I never served as a military or commercial pilot, I am honored to fly with such experienced pilots in planes that I truly love.  It just goes to show if you love something enough and are willing to work hard, you can do almost anything!

 

ADJUTANT OFFICER

Debbie English

  

 

Adjutant

 
 

SAFETY OFFICER

Bob Finnin

  

 

Safety Officer