Lee Lauderback, EAA Warbirds of America 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, is President and CEO of Stallion 51 Corporation, located at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Florida. Since 1987, Stallion 51’s innovative and comprehensive curricula have instructed thousands of pilots on the correct and safe methods of flying both the legendary P-51 Mustang and the historic T-6 Texan.
Lee has been the chief flight instructor since Stallion 51’s inception, amassing over 21,000 flight hours in all types of aircraft, including over 9,000 hours in the Mustang. He is a certified single- and multi-engine flight and ground instructor and holds an Airline Transport Pilot certification as well as instrument, helicopter and glider ratings. His expertise and vast experience in both corporate and private aviation has earned him the distinction of being an FAA Experimental Aircraft Examiner. Lee is often called upon to flight-test various vintage planes, helicopters and turbojets before they are accepted.
Lee started flying sailplanes at age 14 and launched his corporate aviation career immediately after college with the noted professional golfer, philanthropist and businessman, Arnold Palmer. Lee was Mr. Palmer’s chief pilot and the director of flight operations for 17 years, flying several different models of Citation jets, a Learjet and a MD500E helicopter.
Lee has expanded his aviation knowledge and experience to include flying the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Viper and F/A-18 Hornet. Lee has also test-flown the Hawker Beechcraft T-6 Texan II. He has over 2,000 hours in sailplanes, has competed in many soaring contests and has held several sailplane records.
Currently, Lee performs his Signature Solo Mustang Routine at air shows around the country. Lee was one of the first civilian pilots for the USAF Heritage Flight program, which showcases historic WWII military aircraft and current USAF military aircraft in a unique formation flight. For many years, Lee has also instructed students at the Navy Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland.
Lee is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and holds a degree in aeronautical science and business management. Lee is also a master falconer, and when he’s not flying himself he can be found flying his hawks and falcons.