Aaron Tippin: Country Music Star at Home With Air Force
By Kathleen A.K. Lopez, U.S. Air Force Materiel Command
Country music star Aaron Tippin’s upcoming performance at the Air Force Materiel Command Freedom’s Call Tattoo event reflects not only his support for the Air Force but his support for aviation in general, as he is a certified airplane and helicopter pilot and aircraft mechanic. Tippin, who earned his commercial pilot’s license at age 17, is a multi-engine instrument aviator and certified aircraft mechanic as well as a helicopter-rated pilot. “Flying is what I wanted to do,” he says. “I had aspirations of being a fighter pilot (in the military), but it didn’t pan out.” However, he has flown in such U.S. Air Force aircraft as the F-16 Falcon, C-130 Hercules, C-17 Galaxy, and C-141 Starlifter. His children have also reflected his love of flying, as his daughter is married to a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and his two sons fly with him often.
June 16, 2009