Smoking Airplanes Pilot Spotlight Rob Whiteside

Pilot Spotlight: Rob Whiteside

There’s nothing quite like a stunning picture of an airplane with a trail of smoke behind it. But even more amazing? The people behind the controls.

Get to know one of our pilots, Rob Whiteside—and keep scrolling for another picture of him in flight.

Q: Why did you learn to fly? How did you start?

A: I started taking lessons when I was 12 and got my student pilot license at 16. Then I went on to fly F-16s for the US Air Force.

Q: How long have you been flying?

A: I’ve been flying for 25 years. 15 years doing it full-time.

Q: What type of plane to you fly?

A: King Air 350 and Waco YMF-5D

Q: What advice would you have for a young pilot?

A: Just keep at it! 

Smoking Airplanes Pilot Spotlight Rob Whiteside

Q: What do you love about flying?

A: It’s always sunny once you get to a certain altitude.

Q: What are your favorite flying or airshow memories?

A: Flying the F-16 through the Italian Alps. Life doesn’t get much better than that.


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