Mike Mangold

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Mike Mangold
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Mangold receiving World Championship in Perth, 2007
Full name Michael Eugene Mangold
Born (1955-10-10) October 10, 1955 (age 58)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality United States United States
Spouse Julie Mangold
Racing career
First race 2004
Best position 1st (2005 & 2007)
Aircraft Zivko Edge 540, L-29 Viper
Website
mikemangold.us

Mike Mangold (born October 10, 1955) is a Boeing 767 and 757 commercial pilot for American Airlines and an aerobatics pilot. Mangold competed in the Red Bull Air Race World Series from 2004 through 2009, where he repeatedly placed first and won the World Championship in the 2005 World Series, as well as the 2007 World Series. His nickname and call sign in the military is "Mongo".

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Mangold was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the oldest of three children (Robert and Frank). He moved to California at 3 years old and then to Pennsylvania for his high school years.

Career[edit]

Mangold began his aviation career in 1974 as a skydiver while attending the United States Air Force Academy. He went on to USAF pilot training, learned to fly fighters, eventually attending the United States Air Force Fighter Weapons School. Mangold graduated first in his class earned the "Outstanding Graduate" award. During his military career Mike served in the Pacific and Conus theaters, flying nuclear, conventional, smart weapons, and air intercept missions in the F-4 Phantom, including the F-4G "Wild Weasel". After leaving active duty he became a commercial airline pilot, starting his competitive aerobatic and air show career in 1990. In 2004 Mike got into air racing by joining the Red Bull Air Race and in 2007 the National Championship Air Races flying a Lancair IV in the Sport class and a L-29 Delfin in the Jet class. Mangold has over 16,000 hours of flying time, including 2,500 hours of military fights and 5,500 hours of aerobatics.

Personal life[edit]

Mangold also skydives, hang glides, and skis. In 1996, Mangold, along with 296 other skydivers, set a world record for the largest number of people in a skydiving free-fall formation in Anapa, Russia. Mangold commented on his passion for skydiving: "Skydiving; that's how I relax now. It's great, you are at one with the air, you are totally relaxed, no pressure." Mike's wife Julie was once a test pilot for the US Army and now is also a commercial airline and aerobatic pilot. They have an eight-year-old son, Nicholas, who loves doing rolls in his father's aircraft, and a five-year-old daughter, Melissa.

Achievements[edit]

Mangold racing in Perth during the 2006 series
2001
  • US Unlimited Aerobatic Team member
  • World Air Games - Bronze medal (team)
2002
  • US Point Series Champion
  • US National Aerobatic Championships - Silver medal
2003
  • US Unlimited Aerobatic Team member
  • World Air Games - Bronze medal (team)
2004
  • RBAR North American Champion
2005
  • RBAR World Champion
2007
  • RBAR World Champion
2008
  • Reno Air Races, Second Place, Jet Class, Rookie of the Year in the Jet Class
2009
  • Reno Air Races, Second Place, Jet Class, 525 mph.
2010
  • Reno Air Races, Second Place Jet Class, 519 mph, (groundspeed).
United States Mike Mangold
at the Red Bull Air Race World Series
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Wins Rank
2004 United Kingdom
DNP
Hungary
DNP
United States
1st
6 1 5th
2005 United Arab Emirates
3rd
Netherlands
1st
Austria
1st
Republic of Ireland
5th
United Kingdom
1st
Hungary
1st
United States
1st
36 5 1st
2006 United Arab Emirates
2nd
Spain
2nd
Germany
3rd
Russia
CAN
Turkey
4th
Hungary
3rd
United Kingdom
4th
United States
4th
Australia
4th
30 0 3rd
2007 United Arab Emirates
2nd
Brazil
3rd
United States
3rd
Turkey
1st
Spain
CAN
Switzerland
2nd
United Kingdom
1st
Hungary
1st
Portugal
2nd
United States
5th
Mexico
CAN
Australia
3rd
47 3 1st
2008 United Arab Emirates
3rd
United States
2nd
United States
4th
Sweden
CAN
Netherlands
5th
United Kingdom
6th
Hungary
4th
Portugal
3rd
Spain
CAN
Australia
9th
44 0 4th

Legend:

  • CAN: Cancelled
  • DNP: Did not participate
  • DNS: Did not show
  • NC: Not classified

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kirby Chambliss
Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Kirby Chambliss
Preceded by
Kirby Chambliss
Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Hannes Arch