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Jan Wildbergh

IN MEMORY OF
JAN WILDBERGH, OPPOSING SOLO PILOT
1933 – 2007

Jan Wildbergh came to the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team all the way from the Netherlands but was born in the Sumatra island of Indonesia. Jan had a storied military career as a pilot that began at age 18 when he enlisted in the Dutch Air Force, soloing his first jet during pilot training in the US under the MDAP program.

He received his wings in 1954 where he flew in the Dutch Air Force operational squadron 314. In 1959, he demobilized and left for the US as an immigrant finding pilot work as ground personnel for a major international carrier (BA) and eventually served as a flight instructor, chief pilot and FAA pilot examiner.