Leader of the world famous Eagle Aerobatic Team
Charlie was the first American to win the individual world aerobatic title
Aerial acrobat Charlie Hillard began working at his father’s Fort Worth, Texas, auto dealership at age 10 and eventually earned enough money to take flying lessons and purchase an airplane. Hillard focused on aerobatic flying and formed the Red Devils aerobatic team in 1971. He later formed the Eagles Aerobatic Team with fellow pilots Gene Soucy and Tom Poberezny. Hillard represented the United States in four world aerobatic championships, and in 1972 became the first American to win the individual world aerobatic title.