Julie Clark

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Julie Clark
Julie Clark headshot.jpg
Clark in 2006
Born (1948-07-05) July 5, 1948 (age 70)
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] and 30,000 accident-free hours to her name.[2] 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]


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