Julie Clark

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Julie Clark
Julie Clark headshot.jpg
Clark in 2006
Born (1948-07-05) July 5, 1948 (age 72)
OccupationAirshow & commercial pilot
Julie Clark in the T-34 "Free Spirit", c. July 2007

Julie E. Clark (born June 27, 1948 in Hayward, California, United States) is an American aerobatic air show pilot and former commercial airline pilot. She started her commercial flying career with Golden West Airlines as a first officer and ended it in 2003 as a Northwest Airlines Airbus A320 Captain. She was one of the first female pilots to work for a major airline.[1] She has been voted as Performer of the Year several times for her performance in air shows.[1]

Clark has more than 45 years of flight experience, 36 years as a solo aerobatic air show pilot,[2] (41 years as an aerobatic pilot as of October 19, 2019) and 30,000 accident-free hours to her name [2] (34,000 hours as of October 19, 2019). She flies an average of 20 air shows a year in her Beechcraft T-34 Mentor, currently sponsored by Juice Plus,[3] and is rated in more than 66 types of aircraft. She is an enshrined member of the Living Legends of Aviation.

Clark's father, Captain Ernest Clark, was also an airline pilot. He was murdered in 1964 by a suicidal passenger on Pacific Air Lines Flight 773. All crew and passengers were killed as a result of the passenger shooting both pilots, then himself, causing the plane to crash. Her mother's death just a year earlier, and her father's subsequent death, increased her determination to fly.[4]

While at EAA AirVenture 2019, Clark announced plans to retire, with her last performance on November 7, 2019 at Nellis Air Force Base.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Pioneers Archived March 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b American Aerobatics Archived 2009-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Aviation speakers". Archived from the original on August 13, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  4. ^ Rees, Brenda. "With the Kids: Highlights are her career; Julie Clark, joining the show at Edwards Air Force Base, has been pulling stunts for 20 years. Los Angeles Times, 2005. Retrieved: May 22, 2009.

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