Meet The Team
Jane Wicker began her flying career after a scenic ride from a friend in 1988. After just one flight lesson she knew that the sky was where she belonged. Jane is the kind of person that once she gets her mind set on something, there is no stopping her. Once bitten by the aviation bug, she was unstoppable, paying for every bit of flight time personally. After receiving her pilot’s certificate in 1989 she continued on and obtained her Instrument rating, Commercial certificate, Multi-engine Instrument and Multi-engine Commercial ratings all while working full time.
In 1989 she was given an aerobatic ride at the Flying Circus as a Birthday present. Bitten by another bug, she set off with a new set of new goals. After that one Stearman flight, she knew she had to learn aerobatics and that she was destined to fly airshows.
In 1990 the Flying Circus Airshow, in Bealeton VA, placed an advertisement for a wing walking position in the Washington Post Classifieds. She answered that ad thinking that wing walking would be an exciting way to enter the airshow business, not to mention a lot of fun. Her first time airborne on the wing also happened to be her first show. She fell in love with it and was the primary attraction at the Flying Circus for 12 years. With her former husband Kirk Wicker (whom she met at the wing walking auditions) they created "Beauty and the Beast Wing Walking". Jane walked the wings and ran the business while Kirk flew the plane. They performed all over North America. In 2002 she took a break from wing walking when the marriage dissolved. But, Jane just couldn’t stay away. The fire was too strong and the passion would not leave her heart. So, in the winter of 2009-2010 she purchased Aurora and brought her act back to the Airshow Circuit. She has now returned to the skies. Or as she puts it “I’m back home”.
Jane is not only a wing walker, but also a true aerobatic pilot in her own right. She not only walks the wings of the Stearman but fli
Jane's wing walking is still today one of a kind. She not only hangs from the N strut, but also sits on the bottom of the airplane during the inverted pass. She is also one of just a few wing walkers in the world who transitions across the wings without benefit of a safety line.
In addition to running the business and performing at airshows, Jane also works as a Budget Analyst at the FAA full time, is a Freelance writer and has returned to college to finish her degree in Finance. She is also a singer and has sung the National Anthem at airshows. Jane hopes that everyone out there watching today, especially the children, will see that nothing is impossible when your desire is unstoppable. Whether your goals are big or small there is nothing you can’t do. The sky’s the limit!
Rock is Jane’s right hand and other half. As a United Airlines pilot with over 20,000 flight hours, he brings a wealth of experience not only in the cockpit, but outside it as well. Rock’s skills are not only in the Boeing 767 which he flies at United, but he has thousands of tailwheel hours as well. As a flight instructor, he instructs in everything from a J3 Cub to the Cessna 310. You will find him flying something almost every day of the week, including one of his own aircraft. When not in the cockpit he can be found getting his hands dirty turning the wrench on Aurora as well as other aircraft. He loves to work on airplanes almost as much as he loves to fly them. Along with Brian Rosenstein, Rock worked with Jane when it came to soloing Aurora. He was the one who was instructing on that fateful day of her first solo. He is currently training as one of the show pilots and has become not only a huge asset to the airshow team, but in Jane’s life as well. And now, Rock is officially a wing walker himself. He recently climbed out of the cockpit while Brian was at the controls.
Bill, from Copake, NY, is best known as the lead pilot for the Iron Eagle Aerobatic Team. Along with his partner, Billy Segalla, they fly one of the premiere formation acts in the country. The pair have been flying together for over two decades and put on an outstanding performance that you don’t want to miss. Bill’s experience however extends far beyond the cockpit of his Eagle. Bill is a regular performer at the Rhinebeck Aerodrome, flying WWI aircraft including the Sopwith and the Fokker Triplane. He is also an A&P mechanic as well as an IA. As an experienced wing walking pilot and mechanic, he brings not only the talent and finis of his flying skills, but his mechanical skills as well. He’s already proved himself invaluable in helping us tweak the engine on Aurora.
The Stearman is part of Brian’s heart. He grew up with them and even soloed a 220 HP Stearman at the age of 16. He is currently a Captain with Express Jet flying the ERJ, but his true love is climbing in the cockpit of not only Aurora, but any Stearman he can lay his hands on. Jane has known Brian since the early days at the Flying Circus and he used to fly aerobatic rides in her old 450, “The Beast”. He’s a natural with the plane and there is no one better to entrust her during the flights from show to show. Although you will see Jane bring Aurora to some of the shows herself, it is Brian that is irreplaceable for repositioning the aircraft and bringing Aurora in when Jane can not. Brian is also the one who designed the paint scheme on Aurora. When not in the cockpit, you will most likely find him constantly polishing the aircraft as he finds it pure joy just to be with her.
Charlie started flying sailplanes in 1975 and went on to earn a FAI Gold badge with one ‘Diamond’ for a flight of over 300 kilometers (nearly 200 miles) and has climbed to 18,000 feet MSL - All without a motor. He instructed in Sailplanes for several years and has almost the same number of hours flown in Sailplanes as Power Planes. He started flying competition aerobatics in 1990. Competition results include winning the Canadian National Aerobatic Championship and regional International Aerobatic Club contests up and down the east coast. Charlie’s current passion is aerobatics and he can usually be found flying a Pitts S-1T or an Extra 300. But today he gets to enjoy flying aerobatics with a wing walker in a beautiful Stearman 450. When not busy flying an airshow elsewhere, Charlie can be found at the Flying Circus in Bealeton Virginia most Sundays in the summer.