#9: Mike Eberhardt
Mike Eberhardt had his first flight lesson at the age of 15 in an SGS-2-32
sailplane and never looked back. In 1985, he graduated from Daniel Webster
College in New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management &
Flight Training. He had his first experience with the GEICO Skytypers in 2005,
and then joined the team in 2009.
After college, Mike joined the US Navy and completed primary flight training at
NAS Corpus Christi, TX flying the T-34C, T-2C, and TA-4J. He received his wings in 1987 and was assigned to the
F-14B based at NAS Oceana, VA. Assigned to the USS Saratoga, Mike flew
more than 100 combat hours during missions in support of Operation Desert
Storm, including one mission in January 1991 where he nearly shot down and chased away two Iraqi Mirage F-1s trying to fire on an EA-6B, thus saving the EA-6B. Mike’s Naval career continued with two Instructor tours at NAS Kingsville, TX and NAS Meridian, MS followed by a tour based in NAF Atsugi, Japan.
Mike left active duty in 1999 to fly 747-200s with Atlas Air. He returned to the Navy just prior to 9/11 and completed his last assignment in Air Operations aboard CVN-71, USS Theodore Roosevelt, based at Naval Station Norfolk working. After 22 years of active duty, Mike retired from Naval service and returned to Atlas Air as a First Officer on the Boeing 747-400, where he flies cargo around the world, covering every continent. Mike has flown more than 9,000 hours including 542 carrier landings. During his military service, Mike was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals as well as various campaign awards.