Our Missions

“It is the goal of Cascade Warbirds to promote the restoration, preservation, operation and public display of historically significant military aircraft; to acquire and perpetuate the living history of those who served their country on these aircraft; and to inspire today’s young people to become the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.”

Airshows

Cascade Warbirds members who own military-pedigree aircraft fly and ground display their machines in air shows across the Pacific Northwest. Other members volunteer to manage veterans outreach, marshal aircraft, staff merchandising kiosks, and provide guest and performer hospitality services.

Veterans

Cascade Warbirds maintains an active veterans outreach program, bridging the gap between citizens and our nation’s warriors. We support the attendance of veterans at regional air shows, promote our veterans through public affairs with local news agencies, and host informative and entertaining talks by veterans at squadron meetings.

Youth

Cascade Warbirds hosts an annual scholarship contest to teach the next generation to fly. Aspiring aviators ages 16-21 may apply to win a private pilot ground school and their first two instructional flights, taught through our Seattle-based flight school partner.

Leadership

Executive Board

Ron Morrell
Commanding Officer

Ron flew A-10s in the USAF, then for Delta Airlines. He currently flies a T-28A and previously owned a Nanchang CJ-6A.
CO@cascadewarbirds.org

Dave Desmon
Executive Officer

Dave was a submariner in the US Navy and is currently an engineer at Boeing. He flies a Ryan Navion.
XO@cascadewarbirds.org

John "Smokey" Johnson
Operations Officer

Smokey served in Army Special Forces and later retired as a pilot from FedEx. He owns a North American T-6, Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 180, and a Globe Swift, and is type certificated in a number of warbirds.
OpsO@cascadewarbirds.org

Fred Smyth
Adjutant / Finance Officer

Fred was a US Army helicopter pilot flying LOHs in Vietnam, an Alaska bush pilot, later managed the flying club at NAS Whidbey Island, and is a retired CFO.
FO@cascadewarbirds.org

John Clark
Officer-at-Large

John is an associate technical fellow at Boeing, a photographer, and audio/video enthusiast. He owns a Piper L-4A and has a background in aircraft maintenance.
AtLarge@cascadewarbirds.org

Directors

Kerry Edwards
Public Relations Officer

Kerry served in the USAF, is a marketing communications professional, and motorsports enthusiast.
PR@cascadewarbirds.org

Dan Shoemaker
B-17 Tour Stop Coordinator

Dan is an airspace obstruction safety analyst at the FAA, a pilot, and an avid photographer.

Pete Jackson
Scholarship Committee Chair

Pete is a pilot, aircraft marshaller, boater, and owned a BMW maintenance shop.
scholarship@cascadewarbirds.org

Paul Youman
Chief Marshaller​

Paul is an FAA-certificated aviation maintenance technician and student pilot.
marshalling@cascadewarbirds.org

David Osgood
Member

Dave is a civil rights lawyer, pilot, and owner of Navion 4438K.

Kent Mehrer
Member

Kent served in the USAF, is a flight instructor, and owns multiple Stearman biplanes.

Subordinate Officers

Brandon Edwards
Veterans Liaison

Brandon is an aircraft marshaller, volunteer with Historic Flight Foundation, and dedicated to honoring our nation's veterans.
veterans@cascadewarbirds.org

Dave Desmon
Museum of Flight Liaison

Dave was a submariner in the US Navy and is currently an engineer at Boeing. He flies a Ryan Navion.

Fred C. Smyth
Scholarship Fundraiser

Fred was a US Army helicopter pilot flying LOHs in Vietnam, an Alaska bush pilot, later managed the flying club at NAS Whidbey Island, and is a retired CFO.
FO@cascadewarbirds.org

Dan Shoemaker
Chief Photographer

Dan is an airspace obstruction safety analyst at the FAA, a pilot, and an avid photographer.
photography@cascadewarbirds.org

Greg Anders
Heritage Flight Museum Liaison

Lt. Col. Anders flew A-10s in the USAF and Idaho ANG. He is the VP and Executive Director of the Heritage Flight Museum.

Pete Jackson
Historic Flight Foundation Liaison

Pete is a pilot, aircraft marshaller, boater, and owned a BMW maintenance shop.

John Haug
Newsletter Editor

John was an engineer at Microsoft, has flown across North America, raced cars, and enjoys a warm motorcycle ride.
editor@cascadewarbirds.org

Open Position
Safety Officer

John Haug
Webmaster

John was an engineer at Microsoft, has flown across North America, raced cars, and enjoys a warm motorcycle ride.
webmaster@cascadewarbirds.org