With over 23,000 hours in the sky, Paul has been flying airshows since 1998 and is a captain for a major airline. Throughout his aviation career, he has flown over 70 different aircraft types, from Curtiss Jenny's to Boeing jets. Paul received his Private Pilot's License at the age of 18, and his commercial and instrument rating the next year. He is co-founder and president of the Golden Age Air Museum, in Bethel, PA, and an expert restoration technician that has restored a vast number of aircraft for the museum.
Paul got the flying bug at a very young age when his father would take him to airshows. Some of his biggest inspirations include Jimmy Franklin, Bob Herendeen, and the French Connection. Paul is an avid sailor and also enjoys kayaking and the outdoors. Paul's parents always told him, "you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to," and he tries to inspire future generations to follow their dreams.
Caroline is currently a student pilot and has flight time in a variety of vintage aircraft. Her first solo flight was on her 16th birthday in a 100-year-old Curtiss Jenny, followed by a 1932 E-2 Cub. She has grown up around aviation and has always dreamed of becoming a pilot. Although she enjoys the elegance of the Jenny, her favorite plane to fly is the Christen Eagle because of its capabilities. Caroline has loved the thrill and excitement of aerobatics since her first loop and roll at age 11 in the Great Lakes. She plans to receive her Pilot's License and pursue aerobatics in competitions and air shows.
Caroline is dedicated to being crew chief and business manager of Dougherty Airshows, and looks forward to every performance. This season, she made her announcing debut and will co-announce her father's performance. When she's not flying, she participates in show choir, band, chorus, musical, and plays flute and piano. In the summer she sails, kayaks, volunteers at the Golden Age Air Museum, writes newsletter columns, and would like to study aerospace engineering when she finishes high school.