Invited Speakers


Free speaker forums at the Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival have featured numerous aviation authors, WW II Fighter Pilots, Women in Aviation and much more.

2017 Speakers

Wayne Handley – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 8.

Wayne Handley’s story will inspire and “wow” you! Listen to how he survived a crash with serious injuries and how he trained some of the world’s best aerobatic performers.  He is one too!

He’s is a former naval aviator, ag pilot, aerobatic champion, and preeminent airshow performer. His speech will engage people of all ages. Since beginning his aviation career in 1957, he has amassed over 31,000 hours of flight time with little of it spent straight, level, and upright. In 1983, at the age of 44, Wayne began flying in IAC (International Aerobatic Club) competitions. In his first contest, with the extraordinary metric of 15,000 hours in his logbook, he placed 19th out of 21 competitors. The following year he won the California state point series in the Intermediate category. Then, in an unprecedented move, Handley skipped the Advanced category altogether and surprised the aerobatic community by winning the Unlimited point series in 1985 and thus the title of California Unlimited Aerobatic Champion. After pocketing this title two more times, he left competition and chose to fly airshows full time.

In 1989, he became the world record holder for inverted flat spins by completing 67 consecutive turns. Shortly thereafter, Wayne broke his own record with 78 consecutive turns. Click here to learn more.

Colonel Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson – 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 8. Book signing afterward.

Here exists an unparalleled opportunity for younger generations to meet a legend, a World War II Triple Ace Fighter Pilot, who in 2015 was bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C. “That’s the highest recognition that Congress can give. That was pretty humbling to me,” noted Anderson. One-week before receiving the award in D.C., a life-sized statue of Anderson with his P-51 Mustang was unveiled at the Auburn Airport The statue was dedicated to his passion of flying and honoring his service and achievements.
Anderson’s speech will certainly engage all ages, as he relives through story-telling and video his first-hand experiences in World War II. The presentation will educate and captivate audiences of all ages, leaving each person with a memory of what it was like to serve one’s country in the 1940’s and the skills needed by fighter pilots.
This year’s event attendees will be able to listen and talk to a great American hero, and everyone will have an opportunity to see a P-51 up close, hear it roar through the sky, and even pay for a ride. Click here to sign-up for a ride!