Director of Operations
Herwig has over 10,000 hours of flight time, including 3,500 hours in jets, and
has flown over 100 different aircraft types. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot
Certificate with Type Ratings in Falcon 2000, Falcon 10, Gulfstream II, Cessna Citation CJ1, and
Experimental Type Ratings in L-39, T-2, T-28, F-86, MIG-15, and MIG-17 aircraft. He
also has Commercial Rotorcraft / Helicopter Privileges. He is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor
with over 5,000 Hours of instruction given; as well as an Advanced and Instrument
Ground Instructor. Herwig currently flies for a Chicago area Fortune 500 company.
Prior to that he was a Charter Pilot for Banner Associates of Lake Forest, IL,
and Chief Flight Instructor at Waukegan Aero in Waukegan, IL. Herwig, his wife
Kathleen, and their family live in Deer Park, IL.
David joined the USAF in 1984 as a jet engine mechanic, where he worked on
F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft. During Operation Desert Storm he was an F-15 maintenance crew
chief stationed in the Middle East.
After leaving the Air Force, he
joined KC Aviation in Dallas, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate aircraft. David
is currently working as an aircraft technician for a corporate flight department in
He is a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic with inspection authorization.
David is also a licensed pilot with instrument rating.
He became infected with the "Warbird Virus" once again in 2004, when he was
introduced to the Warbird Heritage Foundation. David and his wife Cindi live in Salem, WI.
Demonstration Pilot and Safety Officer
Steve is an Airline Transport Pilot with over 11,000 hours of flight time. He is a former U.S.
Air Force Fighter Pilot and flew the F-15C Eagle. He has logged
over 1,000 hours in the F-15C, which includes 240 hours of combat time flown in 43 combat missions in
Operation Desert Storm. Steve has flown numerous combat support missions in Operations Desert Shield
and Southern Watch. He then went on to be an Instructor Pilot and Pilot Examiner in the T-38 Talon.
In 1996 he separated from the
military and is currently employed by a major airline as a Boeing 767 and 757 First Officer.
Steve is a Certified Flight Instructor and Ground Instructor with Advanced and Instrument ratings.
Steve enjoys training pilots in the L-39 and serves the FAA as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner in
the L-39, T-38, F-5, and F-86 aircraft. Steve is also a member of the L-39 Hopper Flight Demonstration
Team, which fly a precise formation airshow.
Steve is married and has three daughters.
Vlado's love of aviation began in 1970 when, at age 17, he learned to fly at Chicago's Midway Airport.
He earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Purdue and a Master's degree from MIT. Following
college, he became a 747 instructor at the Boeing Company in Seattle. He then flew for two major airlines,
flying the Boeing 727 and Douglas DC-9 aircraft. Currently, he manages the family business in commercial real estate.
Vlado is a licensed Airline Transport pilot with flight instructor ratings in single and multi-engine
aircraft, instruments and gliders. He holds authorization for the A-37, L-39, T-33, P-40, P-47, P-51,
F6F, F4U and T-28 aircraft. Vlado has over 9,000 hours of flight time and has built his own aircraft,
a Pitts S-1T biplane, which he competes in at the highest level.
Vlado has been a member of the USAF Heritage Flight program since it was founded in 1977.
He has been a director in the FAST Fighter Formation program since 1990 and an ICAS and
EAA Warbird Aerobatic Competency Evaluator since 1995. He is on the Board of Directors of EAA Warbirds of America.
Vlado is married with three children and lives in Burr Ridge, IL.
At the age of 10 Stuart took his first ride in a de Havilland Beaver in Canada. From that moment
on, it was his destiny to become a pilot. Stuart received his license at the age of 17. He went
on to pursue his love of flying by building hours in over 25 different Tailwheel aircraft. When an
opportunity presented itself, he became the proud owner of a Harvard Mark 4, (also known as a T-6).
He is employed with FedEx and is currently a pilot on the MD-11. Stuart is a Certified Fight
Instructor, (CFII, MEI), and an A&P Mechanic. Stuart is the aircraft coordinator for the CAF's
F4-U Corsair. He also has been certified to fly a EMB 120, CL-65, B-25, B-17, A-26, T-28, F4U,
F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, P-40, P-47, P-51, AD-1 SkyRaider and Hawker Sea Fury. Stuart has been a
member of the US Navy Legacy Flight program since 2007. Stuart lives at a residential airpark in
Midlothian, Texas with his wife and three boys.
Director of Maintenance
Sean is a licensed airframe and powerplant technician that holds an inspection authorization.
His interest in aviation dates back to his first ride in a small airplane following his stepfather's private check ride.
Over the years, his interest grew into a passion for flying and helping maintain the family aircraft.
Sean's passion for airplanes led him to solo flight in a glider at the age of fourteen followed by a J-3 Cub at
the age of sixteen. After being accepted into Southern Illinois University's Aviation Technology Program,
Interest in aerobatics lead him to be a part of the National Collegiate Aerobatic Championship Team. His love
of aerobatics and maintaining multiple varieties of aircraft make him unique to the Warbird Heritage Team. Sean
joined WHF as an Aircraft Technician in 2008. He became Director of Maintenance in April of 2013.
Patrick joined the Warbird Heritage Foundation as an Aircraft Technician in November of 2015. He attended college at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale,
graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. After leaving school, Patrick began his career as a flight instructor. He then moved on to corporate
aviation, applying his skills to maintaining jet aircraft. Patrick holds Airframe and Powerplant (A&P), and IA Certifications, and is a Certified Flight
Instructor. He joined the Warbird Heritage Foundation team looking for a new challenge and to build experience working on warbirds.
Patrick still teaches at a flight school here in Waukegan. He enjoys working, riding his vintage Triumph 650, and traveling the world.