Larry "Lumpy" Lumpkin
The Commemorative Air Force has assigned Larry as the Primary Sponsor and Aircraft Coordinator for Gunfighter. As such, Lumpy leads the team that keeps our Gunfighter on tour.
Lumpy began his flying career in 1979 as a Flight Instructor in Omaha, NE after serving in the US Air Force. He instructed for 2 years while attending college. He began flying a variety of business aircraft as a corporate pilot until he joined a major airline in 1986. He has recently retired as an Airbus A320 Captain and has accumulated over 27,000 total hours of flight time, of which over 1,200 hours are in the P-51 Mustang.
Lumpy has flown the Commemorative Air Force P-51 Gunfighter for 16 years. He has also flown two other WWII era fighters the F4U-4 Corsair and the British Hawker Sea Fury. He holds an unrestricted Statement of Aerobatic Competency in the P51 and T6 Texan. Larry is married and resides in Omaha, NE
Jeff "Linedog" Linebaugh
Jeff is a sponsor and pilot for Gunfighter. He performs aerobatic and formation demonstrations in Gunfighter, as well as flying ride flights.
Jeff became enamored with aviation at a young age. As a second generation pilot, his fondest childhood memories involve flying to airshows with his father. Jeff began flying before he was 13. He flew solo turning 16, before legal to drive by himself. Jeff worked his way through college as a corporate pilot, and a flight instructor. After graduation, he joined the USAF where he was Top Graduate from USAF Pilot Training and Instructor Pilot Training. He served for 8 years, receiving awards for being the Instructor Pilot of the Year and Top Instrument Pilot of the Year from the Headquarters for Training Command. He currently is a Boeing 757 Captain and Check Airman for a major cargo airline. Jeff has been flying gunfighter for almost a decade, and has acquired over 500 hours in the P-51. In addition to Gunfighter, Jeff has flown over 80 different types, including the CAF's B-29 "Fifi". The pinnacle of his aviation career though is flying this P-51 Mustang. Jeff considers it a great honor to be able to display this airplane. Jeff has two daughters, and lives in San Diego, CA.
Joe "Rifle" Shetterly
Pete "Doctor" Scholl
Joe “Rifle” Shetterly is a pilot and sponsor for Gunfighter, flying ride flights in Gunfighter.
Taught to fly by his father, Joe first soloed an airplane on his 16th birthday and earned his private pilot’s license at 17. He flight-instructed his way through college and was selected for U.S. Air Force pilot training. Joe was given the callsign “Rifle” by squadron mates on his first assignment flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II. Rifle later flew combat missions and served as the Air Force’s A-10 Demonstration Pilot - flying nearly 250 demonstrations across North America and abroad. Rifle has also flown more than 300 aerobatic performances in civilian aircraft - holding an unrestricted waiver for solo and formation aerobatics in multiple aircraft types.
Rifle currently flies the Boeing 757 and 767 for a major airline and continues to serve as an A-10 instructor pilot in the Air Force Reserve. Rifle has more than 7000 hours in 140+ different makes and models. Rifle is married, and with two sons resides near Kansas City.
Jerry Mason and our Maintenance Crew
Jerry Mason is the man primarily responsible for keeping Gunfighter in tip-top condition. He and numerous volunteers have impeccably maintained Gunfighter for over 30 years. They know this machine from inside out, top to bottom. Our volunteers spend hundreds of hours each year inspecting and maintaining Gunfighter. We have a team of highly qualified mechanics in the pursuit of giving us the safest and best performing P-51 around! You can rest assured that not even the smallest detail gets past our crew! These aircraft require heavy doses of attention: From tire changes, brake adjustments, oil changes, valves adjustments, to coolant system maintenance, and landing gear work. We are extremely thankful for Jerry and our entire crew who make displaying this treasure possible!
Our Thanks to the Gunfighter Maintenance Crew!:
From Right to Left: Jerry Mason, Don Skaw and George Sarris Our thanks to these guys and the many more that keep Gunfighter flying!
Pete “Doctor” Scholl is a pilot and sponsor for Gunfighter, flying ride flights in Gunfighter.
Pete grew up in Minneapolis, MN, starting his aviation journey as a teen volunteering with the Planes of Fame East Air Museum. This began his long association with WW II aircraft and led to earning his Private Pilot’s License in college. Pete entered the USAF and earned his wings. He retired after over 20 years, serving as an F-16C instructor/evaluator with combat missions in Iraq, and Afghanistan. Pete flies for a national airline and recently passed the 10000-hour mark.
Pete has been active with the Commemorative Air Force since 2002. In addition to flying Gunfighter, Pete flies the B-17G “Sentimental Journey” as well as the B-25, SNJ, and C-47. Flying the “Gunfighter” is truly a dream come true for Pete and he is thrilled to be able to honor our history and veterans through helping preserve and operate these aircraft at airports and airshows throughout the country. Pete currently resides with his wife in Phoenix, Arizona.