Wagstaff, Patty

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Wagstaff, Patty Gender: F
Patricia Rosalie Kearns Combs
born on 11 September 1951 at 15:04 (= 3:04 PM )
Place St.Louis, Missouri, 38n38, 90w12
Timezone CDT h5w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 18°16' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 29°20 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 00°30'

Patty Wagstaff


American stunt pilot in air shows, a participant in shows and competitions throughout North America and around the world, including South America, Europe, and Russia. Every year she performs in aerial exhibitions before millions of spectators, giving a breathtaking low-level air show of precision and complexity in outstanding aerobatics.

Patty was born in a USAF family. When she was nine years old, she moved to Japan where her father captained 747's for Japan Airlines. She began her cross- cultural academic career in Japan and continued her education in Europe. After a six year work-study program in Australia, she moved to Alaska, where in 1979 she began her incredible career in aviation.

Patty's first flying lesson was in a Cessna 185 floatplane and since then she has earned her commercial, multiengine, instrument, seaplane, and helicopter ratings, along with instrument ratings. Her sister, Toni, was also bitten by the flying bug and is currently a 727 pilot for Continental Airlines based in Guam.

Patty had two early marriages and divorces and it was her second husband, a lawyer named Wagstaff, who introduced her to serious flying. Her parents had a fairly stormy marriage, made worse by alcohol; her mother often hit her. As a teen, she dropped out of high school, ran away to London and was kidnapped back home by private detectives hired by her parents.

A six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team since 1985, Patty is three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, the 1993 IAC Champion, and a six-time recipient of the "First Lady of Aerobatics" Betty Skelton Award. The first woman to ever win the title of U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, Patty has won numerous medals in Olympic-level International Aerobatic Competition. She has trained with the Russian Aerobatic Team in the Soviet Union. She coaches and trains aerobatic competitors from around the world and is an IAC rated judge.

Patty bases her HQ in Fernandina Beach, FL where she teaches aerobatics during off-season. She flies as a "stunt pilot" for major motion picture and television projects. Her sponsors include B.F. Goodrich Aerospace, Textron Lycoming Engines, Barrett Performance Aircraft, MT Propeller, Shell Oil, and McCauley Propeller.

Her many honors and awards include:

1997 Inductee, Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame

1996 Recipient, Charlie Hilliard Trophy

1996 GAN & Flyers Readers Choice Award, Favorite Female Performer

1996 Top Scoring US Pilot at World Aerobatic Meets

1991, 1992, 1993 US National Aerobatic Championships

1993 International Aerobatic Club Champion

1985-1996 Member, U.S. Aerobatic Team

1990/1992/1994 Top US Medal Winner, World Aerobatic Championships

1995 Recipient, ICAS Sword of Excellence Award

1994 National Air and Space Museum Award for Current Achievement

1994 NAA Certificate of Honor

1991 Voted Western Flyer Reader's Choice Favorite Airshow Performer

1988-1994 Winner Betty Skelton "First Lady of Aerobatics" Trophy

1987 Rolly Cole Memorial Award for Contributions to Sport Aerobatics

1998 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

1997 Recipient, NAA Paul Tissiander Diploma

1997 Inductee, Women in Aviation International Hall of Fame

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Family : Change residence 1979 (Moved to Alaska)
  • Social : Joined group 1985 (Member U.S. Aerobatic Team, 11 years)
  • Work : Prize 1987 (Rolly Cole Memorial Award)
  • Work : Prize 1988 (Six consecutive, Betty Skelton "First Lady of Aerobatics" Trophy)
  • Work : Prize 1990 (Top U.S. Medal Winner, World Aerobatic Championships, also '92 & '94)
  • Work : Prize 1991 (Wester Flyer Reader's Choice Airshow Performer)
  • Work : Prize 1993 (IAC Champion)
  • Work : Prize 1993 (U.S National Aerobatic Champion, also '91 & '92)
  • Work : Prize 1993 (International Aerobatic Club Champion)
  • Work : Prize 1994 (National Air & Space Museum Award)
  • Work : Prize 1995 (ICAS Sword of Excellance Award)
  • Work : Prize 1996 (Charlie Hillard Trophy)
  • Work : Prize 1996 (GAN & Flyers Reader's Choice Award)
  • Work : Prize 1996 (Top Scoring US Pilot at World Aerobatic Meets)
  • Work : Prize 1997 (Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame)
  • Work : Prize 1997 (NAA Paul Tissiander Diploma)
  • Work : Prize 1997 (Women Aviation International Hall of Fame)
  • Work : Prize 1998 (Bill Barber Award)

Source Notes

Philip Sedgwick quotes her web page manager 8/2000 (www.pattywagstaff.com). This entry gave 3:04 AM; in July 2009 Robin Biles gave a time of 3:04 PM from Patty herself via e-mail.


  • Traits : Personality : Courageous
  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Sister also a noted pilot)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loves job
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Aerobatic competitors)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Other Entertainment (Stunt pilot for airshows)
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Vocation : Travel : Aviation field (Pro, noted, extremelyskilled)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ commercial (Multi-licensed)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ private
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Two)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession