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"The Voice of Experience" Airshow Announcer
Larry says that in flying, there are two objectives; one is to have fun, and the other is to get old. Here's what he's been doing to satisfy the first goal, while he works on the second one.
Larry Rutt's flying experience started with skydiving while working as a radio announcer in 1964. That same year he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, bound for pilot training. Two years later, he pinned on Air Force wings and a year after that, Pan Am wings as a Boeing 707 copilot. Aerobatic competition at International Aerobatic Club (IAC) contests followed later in his Bellanca Decathlon, and he qualified as a certified IAC regional judge. To date, he has flown 36 different aircraft from the single place Pitts to the Boeing 747. Larry completed his military flying and retired in 1990 as a Lt Col with 26 years service. When Pan American ceased operations, Larry was flying as a Check Captain on the Boeing 727. He flew for a short time with a USAir Regional airline before appointment as Center Manager of FlightSafety International's Airline Learning Center in New York City. Returning to the cockpit in 1993, Larry joined Atlas Air, the world’s largest operator of 747 freighters, flying worldwide to more than a hundred cities in the USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim. He served for three years as Director of Training and in 2002 retired as a Check Captain on the 747-400. Retirement didn't last long though, as he was appointed the General Manager/Asia for CAE, the world's leading provider of flight simulators and flight training. He was based in Zhuhai, mainland China, adjacent to Macau and an hour west of Hong Kong by ferry across the Pearl River Delta. In mid-2004 Larry re-retired, and he and his wife Barbara returned to central Pennsylvania where they have lived since 1977, just 5 miles downwind of the Hershey Chocolate factory. There they enjoy two mutt cats, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and two rescues, a Beagle mix and a Pom mix.