#7 Jim Record
Jim Record hails from Long Island, NY, the Cradle of Aviation. His father served in WWII on a bomber crew, which nurtured Jim’s early interest in aviation. Jim first flew with the Civil Air Patrol, later earning both his pilot’s license and a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. Recruited into the Navy at Floyd Bennett Field, LCDR, Record served as an IP in Formation, Gunnery, Carrier Landings, and frequent long cross-country flights. He flew the T-2, F-9, T-28, T-34, S-2, and A-4 during his tour of duty.
After leaving the Navy, Jim flew corporate jets before becoming a commercial airline pilot. He flew the Douglas DC-9, Boeing 757, 747-400 and Airbus A-330 worldwide for 30 years before retiring from a major airline. Jim later returned to his Alma Mater to earn his master’s in Business Administration. After completion of his degree, Jim served as a professor for Dowling in the College of Aviation.
Jim joined the Skytypers in 1992 and is one of the original members of the team. Jim has flown most of the positions on the team including Lead Solo, Wing Solo, and Backup Lead. He currently serves as the team’s Advance Pilot and Ground Operations Officer.