Crew

Tyson Voelkel

President

tyson@texasflyinglegends.org

Tyson is the Vice President for Operations for Capital Technologies, Inc. and the President of Texas Flying Legends Museum. Prior to joining Captech, Tyson served his country for 14 years on active duty in the US Army as an Infantry officer earning numerous awards for service in combat operations and also taught Leadership at The United States Military Academy at West Point. He continues his service in the military in the Army Reserves.

Tyson holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University, a Master’s Degree in Policy and International Relations from the Bush School of Government and Public Service and an MBA from Rice University.

He serves on numerous boards and foundations. Tyson co-founded Suits for Soldiers, a non-profit that assists veterans seeking employment as well as various entrepreneurial ventures. Also, he and his and his wife Christi founded The Lily Voelkel Foundation, dedicated to assisting deaf blind children and their families.

Tyson and his family reside in Friendswood, Texas.

Warren Pietsch

Vice President Operations
Chief Pilot

warren@fighterhangar1.com

Warren began flying at a young age and soloed on his 16th birthday. He continued obtaining his certificates to fly charter for the family business with his father Al Pietsch. In 1980, after restoration of his T-Craft, Warren joined his father and brother, Kent in the Air Show industry performing at shows across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to flying Air Shows, Warren was a captain for a major airline for 20 years flying Lockheed 1011, B-727, B-737's worldwide. Warren has accumulated over 26,000 hours of flight time in aircraft ranging from gliders, J-3 Cubs, antique aircraft and vintage WWII aircraft. He is qualified for aerobatics in numerous aircraft, including the P-51 Mustang.

Warren is also qualified for formation aerobatics and is an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator (ACE) for ICAS. Warren along with his brother Kent, are honorary Canadian Snowbirds and they were the proud recipients of the Bill Barber Showmanship Award at Oshkosh, WI in 2005. Warren continues to operate the family business his father began in 1957. Pietsch Aircraft Restoration & Repair, Inc. is located in Minot, ND. They offer flight instruction including both glider and power aircraft. The shop crew remains busy rebuilding several antique aircraft, maintaining customer aircraft, and engine work. Warren and his wife Jolene have two children and make their home in the country, southeast of Minot.

Warren Pietsch

Doug Rozendaal

Warbird Pilot

dougr@petroblend.com

Doug began his professional flying career in the right seat of a DC-3 hauling freight. With over 30 years of flying experience Doug holds an Airline Transport pilot rating in numerous WWII Transports and Bombers as well as Corporate Jets. He also flies many of the significant Allied Fighters of WWII.

He is a Certified Flight Instructor and FAA Pilot Examiner in Single and Multi-engine aircraft including the B-25.

Doug is a surface level aerobatic airshow pilot in WWII fighter aircraft and performs at numerous airshow venues annually all across America. He has been selected by the US Navy to fly Vintage Warbirds with Modern Navy Fighters in the US Navy Legacy Flight Program.

Casey Odegaard

Warbird Pilot

odegaard@hotmail.com

Casey started flying at a very young age. His first solo was at 16 and he started flying P-51D Mustangs at 21. Since then he has logged nearly 2500 hours in nearly everything from an Aeronca Champ to a Douglas DC-3. He has been building and maintaining warbirds since high school and is currently working on a Goodyear F2G Super Corsair. Casey is 27 years old and lives in the small town of Kindred, North Dakota, where he grew up.

Casey Odegaard

Alan Miller

Warbird Pilot

wamaero@gmail.com

The son of a career Navy man, Alan’s life-long passion for aviation began while growing up at Barbers Point Naval Air Station in Hawaii. His father, Bill, taught Alan to fly on that same airfield – where he soloed on his 16th birthday.

He has instructed, and flown tours, night cargo and air ambulance throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Alan joined Hawaiian Airlines at the age of 23, and now flies the Airbus A330 for Delta Airlines. He has a small airshow team in Hawaii that features a truck top landing and comedy act in his 1946 Aeronca Champ. He continues to instruct and specializes in teaching tailwheel and glider flying that emphasizes old school stick and rudder skills, and is also a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.

Alan now splits his time between Hawaii - where he hangs out with his three sons, and the mainland U.S.- where he can be found flying a variety of warbirds throughout the airshow season. On occasion his father, Bill, joins him as copilot on Betty’s Dream. He is very honored to be a member of the Texas Flying Legends Museum and appreciates the opportunity to fly these great warbirds of World War II- so that the veterans that so courageously flew these planes in defense of our country can once again proudly see their former aircraft take to the skies.

Alan Miller

Mark Murphy

Warbird Pilot

dimarkllc@yahoo.com

Mark began flying with his father at a very early age and received his pilot’s license at the age of 17. He inherited his passion for flying naturally. His father, David, owns a 4,000 foot grass strip in Upstate New York where their family flies.

A flight instructor specializing in tailwheel endorsements, Mark holds ATP, A&P, multi-engine and helicopter licenses. He flies airshows in the P-51D Mustang “Never Miss” (Warbird Digest, March 2010) and as a volunteer for the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour, he pilots “Betty Jane” a P-51C. With over 4,500 hours of flight time in 68 different types of aircraft, including an L-4 Cub, the P-51 Mustang is still his favorite plane to fly (200+ hours).

Mark’s wife Diane, also a pilot, and their three children all enjoy flying for pleasure. Best of all, they live next door to the same grass strip where their parents learned to fly. With 6 pilots in the Murphy family, flying comes naturally.


Freddy Caraveo

Warbird Pilot

alfredocaraveo@yahoo.com

Alfredo Caraveo, known as Freddy, is the youngest pilot on the Texas Flying Legends Museum crew. Since joining the group in April 2011, he has had the great honor of piloting the B25 bomber. The most gratifying experiences come when he gets to visit with the Veterans (especially the B25 guys who flew or were crewmembers in WWII).

Freddy was born in Rock Springs, WY and later moved to Houston with his family. His parents’ used car dealership was located at the approach end of one of the Hobby Airport runways and every time a plane flew overhead he thought about flying. He decided to get into aviation, got his A&P licenses in 2005, started flight training in 2007, and was a flight instructor from 2009 to 2011. As a member of the TFLM crew he was instructed by Doug Rozendaal and Alan Miller to fly the bomber. He plans to continue learning the planes, get his captains rating and fly these beauties for the rest of his career.


Gene Soucy

Warbird Pilot

Gene is one of the most well-respected and proficient airshow pilots in American aviation. He is a former member of the record-setting Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team, he has been a member of two World Champion U.S. Aerobatic Teams, and he has won more awards than any other active airshow pilot.Innovation and versatility are Gene Soucy’s style.It is no wonder as to why he has rightfully been nicknamed “Mr. Airshow.”

At the age of twenty-two, Gene earned a position on the U.S. Aerobatic Team, making him the youngest competitor flying at the World Contest in England held that year. He finished strongly in his Pitts Special and placed 6th overall, which helped the U.S. Team to win its first World Championship. Since that very auspicious beginning, Gene has gone on to gather an impressive competition record. He became a three-time U.S. National Champion and a three-time Canadian National Champion, and he has been an active pilot in the unlimited category since 1969.

Check Gene out! He has his own Wikipedia page!!

Gene Soucy

Chris Griffith

Founding President

Born and raised on a lake in Maine, and having planes in the family, flying was a natural fit for Chris. Before he could get his pilot’s license it was off to Dallas, Texas for an 11 year career in the computer software industry from 1981 to 1992. He earned his pilot’s license in 1987 while living in Texas and earned his seaplane rating that same year in Maine. After leaving Texas he then moved his family to Connecticut, and then back to Maine in 1993. Chris started several companies in Maine, and this is where he met the principal benefactors of the museum. Chris lives in Maine with his family and chocolate lab, Deuce.

“The opportunity to start this museum was an opportunity you could not say no to. Going out and acquiring the world’s best WWII aircraft and meeting the people that have kept these moving National Monuments pristine for the past 75 years has been an incredible experience. Then you meet the veterans who flew these planes in WWII and hear their stories. It’s all a very humbling business that I am very proud to have been a part of.”

Chris Griffith