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Tom “Strato” Spratt and the Vans RV-8

Tom “Strato” Spratt and the Vans RV-8

“Strato” is the current lead for the Rocky Mountain Renegades Aerobatic Team, a US Air Force Academy graduate, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, and a retired Captain at United Airlines. He has been flying since age 15! He was an F-4 Phantom and F-16 Falcon fighter pilot in the Air Force and Air National Guard who flew in the first Gulf War, where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He flies a Vans RV-8 which he built in 2014. The kit-build RV-8 is a favorite for aerobatics pilots. The sleek fuselage sits atop a rectangular wing, and the large bubble canopy gives the pilot excellent visibility. Since it went on sale 25 years ago, 3,900 RV-8 kits have sold and 1,560 have been completed and flown in countries all over the world.



The Pikes Peak Regional Airshow supports three museums in Colorado Springs—The Ft. Carson 4th Infantry Museum, The Peterson Air and Space Museum and The National Museum of WWII Aviation. These unique institutions are dedicated to the education of future generations through the preservation of our nation’s military heritage.