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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: News Release/New Team Manager


Thread: News Release/New Team Manager

Message: News Release/New Team Manager

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From: cks at (Carlys Sjoholm)

Date: Wed, 28 Feb 1996 18:37:12 UTC




Oshkosh, WI - Team Manager Fred Peters recently passed the responsibilities
for management of the U.S. Aerobatic Team to Boris Baird.

After 25 years as an Air Force fighter pilot, Boris Baird retired as a
Lieutenant Colonel and Squadron Commander.  Among his honors are the
Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with
ten Oak Leaf Clusters, a Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal,
Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Presidential Unit
Citation.  Baird holds a Bachelor of Science - Business degree.  He is also
an aerobatic competitor and airshow performer.  After seven years of
aerobatic contest participation, he currently flies a Christen Eagle II
biplane at the Advanced level.  Baird lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Citing an unexpected career promotion, with subsequent relocation to
Anchorage, Alaska, and increased work demands, Fred Peters informed the
U.S. Aerobatic Foundation Board of Directors that he felt it was in the
best interest of the Team that he resign his position, allowing the Board
to assign the duties to another candidate.  Peters served very effectively
as the Team Manager for the 1994 U.S. Aerobatic Team and has extensive
professional background in management.

Foundation President Paul Erdmann said, "Fred Peters led the management of
the 1994 U.S. Aerobatic Team with exceptional efficiency.  Although we are
disappointed to lose his experience and expertise on the Team, he will
remain on the Board of Directors, continuing to contribute to the U.S. Team
effort.  We have every confidence that Boris Baird brings an equally high
level of management skill and diplomacy to the job and will seamlessly
carry on the duties of Team Manager from here.  The Board of Directors is
very pleased to welcome Boris to the Team."

The World Aerobatic Championships are slated for August 18 - 30, 1996, at
Clarence E. Page Airport outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Sixteen teams
and about 70 pilots have indicated that they intend to compete in the

The U.S. Aerobatic Foundation is responsible for administrative and
fund-raising functions for the U.S. Aerobatic Team.  They do not receive
any federal funding for their participation in world aerobatic competition.
Major corporate funding for the U.S. Aerobatic Team is provided by Shell
Oil Company, makers of Aeroshell aviation lubricants.  However, tax
deductible donations by other corporations and individual aviation
enthusiasts make up a large part of the money required to send the U.S.
Team to the World Aerobatic Championships.  Individual contributions in
support of the U.S. Aerobatic Team may be directed to:  U.S. Aerobatic
Team, P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI  54903-3086.


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