DynCorp International (DI) director of Flight Training Operations and 23-year USAF fighter pilot, J.R. Rust, recently flew a Canadair CF-5 Freedom Fighter in an aerial demonstration at the Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas this past October.
“I flew in the CF-5 from San Antonio to Alliance and performed some of the aerial demonstration following the USAF Thunderbirds,” said J.R. Rust. “I flew the complete High Show Aerial Demonstration Friday through Sunday around noon time, and flew back to San Antonio after Sunday’s performance. We had great weather, terrific crowds, and it was a pleasure to participate.”
The CF-5 is one of three to have successfully completed the FAA Special Airworthiness Certification and is capable of speeds up to 1.25 Mach.
Colonel Jeffrey J.R. Rust has been flying since he was nine years old. Raised in Waring, Texas in the Texas Hill Country, he devoted more than 23 years in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot and commander. A combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, J.R. has amassed more than 7,000 hours of military and civilian flight time in the F-15C, AT-38, F-5, CF-5, T-37 and various civil aircraft, and serves as a current FAA instructor pilot and aerial demonstration pilot.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 and has since worked in the commercial aerospace and defense industry. Prior to joining the DI team, J.R. served as Lockheed Martin’s program manager providing undergraduate and graduate OCONUS flight training in support of the U.S. government and its allies, specifically helping build the Afghan Air Force. He also served as Jorge Scientific Corporation’s Constant Hawk senior liaison officer for Multi-National Force –Iraq, and served as the program manager for the Alliance Aviation Center of Excellence designed to deliver graduate fighter training to U.S. allies.
J.R. holds a Master’s of Science in Strategic Studies from USAF War College and a Master’s of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has served in Command and leadership positions on the Squadron, Wing, Numbered Air Force, Major Command, Pentagon, and deployed Task Force levels and he is very pleased to be part of the DI team helping build our DI aviation portfolio.