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Randy Ball  

Randy W. Ball / MiG Pilot, is North America’s Premier Jet Demonstration Pilot. Randy has performed well over 1,000 performances to date! No other North American Jet Demo pilot even comes close to that number of performances. In fact, Randy is the only Jet Demo pilot (military or civilian) to be granted both a day and night unlimited aerobatic rating in jet fighters by the FAA. He has flown over 40 different types of aircraft, manufactured in nine countries. As a youngster Randy’s father took him flying occasionally, and he spent countless hours with one of his heroes, his Great Uncle Gilbert Ball, who flew 56 missions over Europe flying the B-17 Flying Fortress. Even before college, Randy knew he wanted to fly. By the time he was 13 years old, he had already taken off and landed a plane with his father and soloed at the age of 18. Randy volunteered to work in his first air show in 1982 and flew in his first air show more than 25 years ago. He now performs throughout North America, from Canada to Mexico.

  • Over 30 years as a pilot, today an airline captain
  • Over 25 years of air show experience
  • Over 1,000 performances (Most of any US Jet Demo Pilot)
  • Over 1,000 hours in Russian Jet Fighters- (Highest of any Western Pilot)
  • Over 14,000 hours total flying time
  • Flown over 40 different types of aircraft manufactured in 9 different countries
  • Level I (unlimited) Jet Aerobatic Day and Nigh (The only Jet Pilot in North America)
  • Only MiG-17 and pilot to fly as a “threat/aggressor” aircraft with the USAF F-4 Phantom while flying in Air Shows and on Film
  • Functional test pilot on a number of MIG Fighter aircraft, including Russia's first all-weather interceptor, theMiG-17PF and is still the only pilot in North American to have ever flown this MIG variant
  • A.C.E., Aerobatic Competence Examiner (prop and jet warbirds)
  • Former ICAS safety board member
  • Board Member – Historical Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas
  • Founder and Director – “Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake” Air Show (fundraiser for three military charities)


    Randy has flown as the enemy aircraft with the USAF F-4 both for air shows and on film. His solo demo is designed to resemble the tactical demo of the F-16 Falcon, the first fighter that could out-turn the Vietnam era MiG-17. During his demo in the MiG-17F, he routinely pulls 8gs, and reaches speeds approaching 700 mph, all while sometimes flying less than 100 feet off the ground.

    He likes to spend time with Civil Air Patrol Cadets and the Boy Scouts, and when asked what is his favorite maneuver, he says “the vertical A/B roll”. When asked what his favorite air show is, he says “It’s the one where I can have access to the fans, especially the kids. It is the kids who make all the work worth it. They are the next generation, and the one hope I have is to inspire them in a positive way…to fly.”


RANDY BALL CURRENTLY PERFORMS JET AEROBATICS IN MORE AIR SHOWS IN NORTH AMERICA THAN ANY OTHER CIVILIAN JET PILOT. 2016 MARKS RANDY’S 26TH YEAR AS A FEATURED AIR SHOW PERFORMER


Home of the MiG 17

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Rock Legend Ted Nugent, stops by to hang out the with "MIG Driver" Randy Ball.


PICTURED BELOW are students from the Grayson County College Summer Institute of Science &Technology who were treated
to a hands-on tour at Randy's MiG-I7F home base. They loved the arm patch they each received as a souvenirs
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