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#4 Chris Orr
Slot Pilot

Chris Orr has been flying for 22 years and developed a love for aviation attending air shows as a boy. He dreamed of flying for the military and followed a unique pathway to attain that dream. His desire to serve in the military led him to enlist in the Army Reserves as an infantryman at age 17. He was awarded a Naval ROTC scholarship and left the Army three years later. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado he was accepted to Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida.

After earning his wings, Chris was selected to fly the F-14 Tomcat.  He completed two tours aboard the USS Constellation.  Some of Chris’s accomplishments during that time included; 35 combat missions over Iraq, 300 carrier arrested landings, and two Top Ten Hook awards for achieving some of the highest landing grades in his carrier airwing.  His next assignment in the Navy was to fly the A-4 Skyhawk as an aggressor pilot.  He simulated enemy tactics and instructed other Navy pilots on how to “dog fight” in fighter planes.

After his service in the Navy, Chris flew the C-130 Hercules for the New York Air National Guard.  He completed two more combat tours and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the military with 25 years of service.  Today, Chris is a captain at a major airline and lives on Long Island with his beautiful wife and two children.

While living on Long Island, Chris has enjoyed watching the GEICO Skytypers fly at air shows and skytype over the skies along the northeast coast.  Fate eventually brought Chris and the Skytypers together.