Foundation Names Newest Inductees

November 18th, 2011

Air show legends Jim and Ernie Moser, Julie Clark, Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver will be inducted into the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation Hall of Fame on the evening of Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas during the annual ICAS Chairman's Banquet.

Based in the southeast during the 1970s and 1980s, Ernie and Jim Moser enjoyed strong and well-deserved reputations as aerial showmen. As proprietors of Colonel Moser’s Flying Circus, the father and son team reintroduced and revitalized the air show troupe concept around which the air show industry was first built in the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the industry’s most well-known performers -- including fellow Air Show Hall of Fame inductees Duane Cole, Bevo Howard and Jim Holland – were occasional members of Colonel Moser’s Flying Circus. And some of today’s veterans received early advice and performing opportunities as part of the Circus, including Greg Koontz and Eliot Cross.

From the challenges she overcame following the death of her parents when she was still a child to the work she does as a role model for millions of girls aspiring to become pilots, Julie Clark is a walking, talking inspiration story. Known throughout North America for her graceful aerobatic sequence and her lovingly restored T-34 Mentor aircraft, Julie has also been a pioneer among corporately sponsored air show pilots. She has flown an average of 20 shows per year for more than 30 years, making her one of the busiest and most well-recognized air show performers in all of North America.

During the last 30 years, Steve and Suzanne Oliver have become the quintessential air show couple and one of the air show community’s most treasured and valuable assets. Steve flies a popular and entertaining act in his 1956 deHavilland Chipmunk. His night pyrotechnic show is among the most popular in the business. He was an aerobatic competency evaluator (ACE) at the program’s inception twenty years ago. Suzanne Oliver has earned her reputation as the world’s most talented and experienced skywriter. For more than two decades, Suzanne flew a 1929 Travel Air for the Pepsi Cola Company, continuing a tradition that first began in aviation’s earliest days.