Mark lived on a small farm in western Washington working with machinery and had great interest in aviation. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1983, attended Washington State University, graduated with a BS in agricultural mechanization in 1987. By then he had acquired a great interest in WWII aircraft.
Mark received his private pilot’s license in the fall of 1985. He wanted to find an opportunity to restore WWII aircraft so he went to A&P school in Fargo, ND. While finishing school, he learned that Gerry Beck had started a collection of WWII aircraft in Wahpeton, ND. He spent several weekends there working on the Grumman Avenger. On my last weekend before Mark was finished with school he asked Gerry if he could work on his F4U-4 Corsair for the summer because he told him, “I didn’t like the winters in ND. He asked when I could start and I said Tuesday, He walked out the door and got into his Thrush spray plane and that was my job ”. Mark worked for Gerry at Tri-State Aviation from June 1988 to April 2011, it was a great experience for him and he met many people in the Warbird industry. In those 23 years he was involved with the restoration of the Corsair, TBM, T6, Seafury, 9 P -51’s, and many other aircraft and parts.
Mark has now moved on to work with AirCorps Aviation. He built and flies a Van’s RV-8 kit plane and have a Boeing N2S-3 Stearman biplane project that he started 12 years ago. His other hobbies include gun collecting and gold mining.
Best part of working here?
Being able to work at my dream job
Something you’re looking forward to?
Finishing a project and starting the next one