Unlike most air show pilots, Brian Correll did not grow up around airplanes. In fact, his first exposure to aviation was through skydiving. After his first jump at the age of 18, he was hooked and ended up having more than 60 takeoffs in an airplane before ever experiencing his first landing. The rest, as they say, is history. He has since accumulated more than 7000 hours of flying time in over 100 different models of aircraft, ranging from Piper Cubs to the Boeing KC-135, but his modified Pitts S2S is by far his favorite ride.
When not performing, Brian flies the KC-135R aerial refueler for the Kansas Air National Guard Kansas Coyotes. He is an Instructor Pilot and has flown the tanker to numerous countries around the world including combat sorties over Iraq and Afghanistan.
Brian holds an unrestricted aerobatic waiver for air shows and enjoys sharing his passion for flying with fans and spectators throughout America. He began flying aerobatics as part of his initial flight instructor training and his passion for “other than straight and level” was cemented during Air Force Pilot Training. Brian brings his military and civilian flight experience along with his skydiving background together to put on an exhilarating show. The interaction doesn’t stop when the smoke is off as he enjoys talking to aviation groups and schools and sharing his experience and passion for aviation.
Brian’s flight experience includes over 3000 hours of instruction. In this time he has not only taught aerobatics in various aircraft, but also helped students earn ratings ranging from their private pilot’s license to multi-engine and instructor ratings. Brian is a FAAST (FAA Safety Team) regional representative along with being a member of numerous aviation organizations including the International Council of Airshows (ICAS), International Aerobatic Club (IAC), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and has amassed more than 750 skydives. Brian lives in Manhattan, KS along with his wife Rachel and their sons Gavin and Collin.