Afterburner

Afterburner

In the cockpit, flawless execution is a matter of life-or-death. Afterburner teaches their methodologies to enhance organizational performance and achieve corporate success. Audiences will learn how to focus on the mission by defining strategy and assessing risks, and that communication and execution are key elements not only in aerial combat but in business. No matter what your needs – keynote presentation, breakout session, one or two day seminar – the Afterburner fighter pilots provide you with the skills to get your people motivated and ready to face any challenge. Read more

Alan Bean

Alan Bean

Captain Alan Bean, the fourth man in history to set foot on the moon, knows about reaching for the stars, both organizationally and individually. In 1973, he was the Commander of Skylab Mission II (SL III), where he lived 59 days in space, orbiting 270 miles above Earth, leading his crew to accomplish 150% of their pre-mission goals – a record unsurpassed before or since. Captain Bean shows why human beings are the most extraordinary creatures in the universe. We are unique because as far as we know we are the only beings in the universe whose only limits are those we place on ourselves. Read more

Bertrand Piccard

Bertrand Piccard

Bertrand Piccard, doctor and psychiatrist, explorer and aeronaut, combines science and adventure to deal with today’s global challenges. Always interested in the study of human behavior in extreme situations, he was one of the pioneers of hang gliding and micro-light flying in the 1970s. Qualified as a balloon pilot, he won the first transatlantic balloon race in 1992. Piccard then initiated the “Breitling Orbiter” project and completed with Englishman Brian Jones the first ever non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, achieving the longest flight in terms of both duration and distance in the history of aviation: Read more

Charlie Plumb

Charlie Plumb

A testament to the strength of the human spirit, Charles Plumb endured the most extreme hardship and used

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Dick Rutan

Dick Rutan

As a Tactical Air Command fighter pilot during most of his two decades in the Air Force, Dick Rutan flew 325 combat missions in Vietnam, 105 of them as a member of a high-risk classified operation commonly known as the “MISTY’s.” While on his last strike reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam in September of 1968, his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire, and he was forced to eject from his burning F-100. Rutan evaded enemy capture and was later rescued by the Air Force’s “Jolly Green Giant” helicopter team. After retirement, Dick and his brother Burt formed Rutan Aircraft Factory, where Dick flew the test flight development programs of many military and civilian experimental aircraft and set numerous world speed and distance records. In the early 80s, he founded Voyager Aircraft, Inc. and on the morning of December 14, 1986, Voyager took off, landing nine days, three minutes and forty four seconds later at Edwards Air Force Base in California, successfully completing the six-year quest. The Voyager is now proudly suspended in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s “Milestones of Flight” gallery in Washington, D.C. Dick Rutan is also proud to be a governing member of the emerging space tourism industry. He formed an enterprise called Voyager Aerospace Corporation and has several projects emerging with this company – two of them are unique aircraft. Since Voyager’s world flight, Dick Rutan has been traveling the world, speaking to audiences and sharing his tales of the magnificent Voyager project and of his other adventures. The Voyager story is one of tremendous courage, vision and adventure and is often referred to as “aviation’s last first.” Read more

Gerald Coffee

Gerald Coffee

U.S. Navy (retired) Captain Gerald Coffee’s heroic story is legendary. In February of 1966, while flying combat missions over North Vietnam, Gerald Coffee’s RA-5C reconnaissance jet was shot down by enemy fire. He parachuted safely but was captured immediately. He was held int he Communist prisons of North Vietnam as a Prisoner of War for the next seven years. After his repatriation in February, 1973, Jerry returned to operation duties. He retired from active duty in the Navy after 28 years of service. Read more

Jessica Cox

Jessica is recognized internationally as an inspirational keynote speaker. Born without arms, Jessica Cox could Read more

John Foley

John Foley

A former lead solo pilot for the Blue Angels, motivational speaker John Foley is an expert on teamwork in intense, high-stakes environments. As the leader of the Navy’s elite precision exhibition flying team, Foley expected unparalleled levels of excellence from his team and required steadfast commitment, discipline, and trust in order to reach peak performance levels. With insight from the Blue Angels, lessons from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his experiences in the inner circle of a venture capital company, Foley has developed a practical, effective model for developing a high performance team. Read more

Mike Mullane

Mike Mullane

As a veteran of the earliest flights of the American Space Shuttle program, Mike Mullane has seen the world from a perspective that few people have ever experienced directly but that inspires a deep sense of wonder in all of us. Mullane shares his experiences with audiences both young and old in his hallmark multi-media presentation, “Stories from Space.” A prolific writer and speaker since his retirement from the space program in 1990, his contributions range from the popular, fact-filled “Do Your Ears Pop in Space?” to the award winning children’s book, “Liftoff! An Astronaut’s Dream.” Read more

Rick Searfoss

Rick Searfoss

As one of fewer than a hundred people who have commanded a manned space mission, Colonel Rick Searfoss speaks on Read more