#5 Steve Salmirs
Chief Lead Solo
Steve Salmirs was born in Newport News, VA. His father worked as an aeronautical engineer for NACA/NASA at Langley AFB and his mother taught elementary school and community college. Year round sports kept him busy through high school, until he was introduced to an AviationExplorer Scout Troop based at Patrick Henry Field in Newport News, VA where his aviation interests fully developed. Previously flying every chance he could, Salmirs put his aviation interests on hold for two years to pursue a spot on the wrestling team at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, VA. He later transferred to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL to complete his degree and attain his pilot licenses.
Steve earned his undergraduate degree from Embry-Riddle in 1980, and received an Masters in Business Administration in Aviation degree from the Worldwide Campus of Embry-Riddle in 2015. He began his career at Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL as a Calibration Engineer calibrating ground and flight equipment used on the Space Shuttles from 1980-1982. Flight instruction and charter flying continued to be a huge source of enjoyment outside of work. Salmirs later applied and accepted into the U. S. Air Force in 1982, earning his wings and selected to fly F-16 fighters. During his military service, Steve was based at MacDill AFB, FL, Nellis AFB, NV, Kunsan AB, ROK, with his final assignment at Laughlin AFB, TX as a T-37 Instructor Pilot.
At present, Salmirs is a commercial airline pilot. As a member of the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team since 1996, he currently flies as one of the Lead Solo pilots. He is a CFII, NATA Formation Flight Lead, and is instrumental in developing, writing, and instructing the air show demonstrations each year. In addition, he serves in a standardization and safety role to ensure procedures are updated and risks are minimized. Having earned the call signs of “Animal” and “Chimp” through his military career, Steve has been designated as “SkyKing” by his current teammates in part due to his abilities and contributions to the squadron. Steve currently resides in Babylon, NY and Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Ann and daughter Rachael.