This year, ICAS Sword of Excellence and Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award recipient, and 2011 ICAS Foundation Air Show Hall of Fame inductee Julie Clark, will embark on a farewell tour to finish an air show career that spans over four decades. From performing in her self-restored T-34 Mentor, Clark has been widely recognized as a trailblazer for women in aviation, performer corporate sponsorships and the warbird community.
“I just know that the time is right and that my airplane will be going to an aviation museum – but not right away,” Clark said. “I want to fly it for fun, I want to be able to go places that I want to go, I just want to have a summer off for the first time in 40 years.”
Although there will be a number of events throughout the year to recognize Clark’s final season, her main goal is to uphold her strong safety record and put on a standard Julie Clark air show performance.
“I do know that at Sun ‘n Fun they’re planning a really big recognition of [the farewell tour]. I’m also being awarded the Master Pilot Award from the FAA, and I’m really proud of that as well because it’s 50 years of flying with no accidents,” Clark said. “It’s going to be a little bit known to people and we are going to put it in my narration as well.”
In addition to her performances at Sun ‘n Fun, Clark’s 2019 farewell tour will also include the Minnesota Air Spectacular, the Cleveland National Air Show and a final performance in her home state of California at the Rancho Murieta Airport. Her final show is set to consist of a barbeque celebration and a twilight flight by Clark.