Mike Carpentiero has accumulated over 8,600 flying hours and 35 years of flying experience in everything from Gliders to Fighters. Mike started flying Gliders in 1984 out of Hemet Ryan airport in California. After graduating college Mike entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1988 and completed Naval Aviator training in August 1992. He was attached to Carrier Air Wing 1 aboard the USS America and Participated in Combat operations in Southwest Asia and Bosnia Herzegovina. Mike has over 150 carrier landings and is the recipient of multiple flying awards to include two Air Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal, NATO Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and Aerial Achievement Medal.
Mike left Active duty service in 1997 and joined the Air Force Air National Guard as a full time A-10 pilot with the 104th Fighter Wing, 131st Fighter Squadron, out of Westfield, Massachusetts. In 1999 Mike began flying the Boeing 737 with US Airways. In January 2002, Mike left the Air Force Reserve and the airlines to pursue his dream–Nostalgic Warbird Rides. Mike is now doing what he loves–sharing the thrill of aviation with others.