Patty Wagstaff

Patty Wagstaff


Patty flies one of the most thrilling, low-level aerobatic routines in the world. Flying before millions of air show spectators each year, her breathtaking performances give spectators a front-row seat view of the precision and complexity of modern, unlimited hard-core aerobatics. Her smooth aggressive style sets the standard for performers the world over.

Patty is a six-time recipient of the “First Lady of Aerobatics” Betty Skelton Award. In July 2004, Patty was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Air and Space Museum’s Award for Current Achievement in 1994. Having received many awards for her flying, she is particularly proud of receiving the air show industry’s most prestigious award, the “Sword of Excellence”, and the “Bill Barber Award for Showmanship” Recently she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Air Force Association, was inducted into the Experimental Aircraft Association/International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame and in 2005 received the NAA/99’s Katherine Wright Award.

In March 1994, her airplane, the Goodrich Extra 260, went on display in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. You can see Patty’s airplane and exhibit in the Pioneers of Flight Gallery right next to Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega.

Patty has trained with the Russian Aerobatic Team and has flown Airshows and competitions in such exotic places as South America, Russia, Europe, Mexico and Iceland. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Motion Picture Pilots Association, United Stuntwomen’s Association, working as a stunt pilot and aerial coordinator for the film and television industry. She is currently a “Demo” pilot for Raytheon Aircraft, flying their military trainer, the T-6A/B Texan II in international air shows such as Paris and Farnborough, and for the past five years has given bush and recurrency training to the pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service in Kenya.

Patty continues to set the mark for professionalism in our industry. She is one of the most revered entertainers that we have; she is a highly sought after performer; she maintains contact with the world on competitive aerobatics; and she in an inspiration to people, especially young women, all over the world.

Patty Wagstaff’s Awards and Achievements:

  • 2005 Recipient, Air Force Association Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2005 Inductee, International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame
  • 2005 Katherine Wright Award
  • 2004 National Aviation Hall of Fame
  • 2002 Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Award
  • 1998 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship
  • 1997 Recipient, NAA Paul Tissiander Diploma
  • 1997 Inductee, Women in Aviation International Hall of Fame
  • 1997 Inductee, Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame
  • 1996 Recipient, Charlie Hillard Trophy
  • 1996 GAN & Flyers Readers Choice Award, Favorite Female Performer
  • 1996 Top Scoring US Pilot at World Aerobatic Championships
  • 1985-1996 Member, U.S. Aerobatic Team
  • 1995 Recipient, ICAS Sword of Excellence Award
  • 1988-1994 Winner Betty Skelton “First Lady of Aerobatics” Trophy
  • 1994 National Air and Space Museum Award for Current Achievement
  • 1994 NAA Certificate of Honor
  • 1993 International Aerobatic Club Champion
  • 1991, 1992, 1993 US National Aerobatic Championships
  • 1990, 1992, 1994 Top US Medal Winner, World Aerobatic Championships
  • 1991 Voted Western Flyer Reader’s Choice Favorite Airshow Performer
  • 1987 Rolly Cole Memorial Award for Contributions to Sport Aerobatics