Mike Mangold

Summary

Michael Eugene Mangold (October 10, 1955 – December 6, 2015) was an American Boeing 767 and 757 commercial pilot for American Airlines and an aerobatics pilot. Mangold competed in the Red Bull Air Race World Series from 2004 through 2009, where he repeatedly placed first and won the World Championship in the 2005 World Series, as well as the 2007 World Series. His nickname and call sign in the military was "Mongo".

Mike Mangold
Mike Mangold 2007.JPG
Mangold receiving World Championship in Perth, 2007
Born(1955-10-10)October 10, 1955
DiedDecember 6, 2015(2015-12-06) (aged 60)
NationalityUnited States United States
Spouse(s)Julie Mangold

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Mangold was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was the oldest of three children. He moved to California at 3 years old and then to Pennsylvania for his high school years.[1]

CareerEdit

 
Mangold racing in Perth during the 2006 series.

Mangold began his aviation career in 1974 as a skydiver while attending the United States Air Force Academy.[2] He went on to USAF pilot training in 1977 and learned to fly fighters, graduating from the academy the following year with a B.S. degree, and eventually attending the United States Air Force Fighter Weapons School. Mangold graduated first in his class in 1983 and earned the "Outstanding Graduate" award. During his military career Mike served in the Pacific and CONUS theaters, flying nuclear, conventional, smart weapons, and air intercept missions in the F-4 Phantom, including the F-4G Wild Weasel variant. He flew Phantoms for the USAF for about 10 years.[3] After leaving active duty in 1989, he became a commercial airline pilot for US Airways and then American Airlines, flying a variety of jetliners, including the Boeing 767.[3][4]

Although Mangold was a jet pilot, he continued to enjoy skydiving. He was a member of the U.S. Parachute Team from 1981 to 1985 and won multiple national awards as a skydiver. He participated in a record-setting formation skydive in Anapa, Russia in 1996 as one of 296 parachutists.[2][5]

Mangold started his competitive aerobatic and air show career in 1990, flying a Super Decathlon. He went on to win medals at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship, as well as the L. Paul Soucy Award from the International Aerobatic Club in 2002 as the highest-scoring unlimited pilot of the year.[3] He first participated in the Red Bull Air Race in 2004 and raced in the competition until 2009, winning the World Series in 2005 and 2007.[4]

In 2010, Mangold retired from active Red Bull Air Racing, and became the RBAR rookie (Challenger) coach, as well as an air race commentator,[6] including for FOX Sports.[2] He served for four years as president of the Racing Jets International board of directors, presiding over the Reno Air Race until 2013.[7] Mangold also sat on the board of directors for the Classic Jet Aircraft Association.[2]

DeathEdit

Mangold died on December 6, 2015, in an air crash. His Aero L-39 Albatros crashed due to engine failure and exploded shortly after takeoff at about 2:20 p.m. from Apple Valley Airport, California, killing Mangold and one other person on board.[1][5][8] He was survived by his wife Julie, also an aerobatic pilot, and their children Nick and Melissa.[2]

Career resultsEdit

Red Bull Air RaceEdit

(key)

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2004  
RAF
 
DAN
 
RNO
1
5th 1
2005  
MZA
3
 
ERA
1
 
ZLT
1
 
CAS
5
 
LNG
1
 
DAN
1
 
SAF
1
1st 36
2006  
MZA
2
 
BAR
2
 
BER
3
 
SPE
C
 
GHO
4
 
DAN
3
 
LNG
4
 
SAF
4
 
SWR
4
3rd 30
2007  
MZA
2
 
BOT
3
 
MON
3
 
GHO
1
 
BAR
C
 
INT
2
 
THA
1
 
DAN
1
 
DOU
2
 
SDE
5
 
ACA
C
 
SWR
3
1st 47
2008  
MZA
3
 
SDE
2
 
DET
4
 
STO
C
 
ERA
5
 
THA
6
 
DAN
4
 
DOU
3
 
BAR
C
 
SWR
9
4th 44

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Famous Red Bull Pilot Killed in Apple Valley Plane Crash". Victor Valley News. December 6, 2015. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e Johnson, Shea (December 6, 2015). "Two die in plane crash". Daily Press. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Mike Mangold". Racing Jets Incorporated. Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Tributes are paid to former world champion Mangold". Red Bull. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Mangold killed in crash". Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Former Red Bull Champion dies in Jet Crash". Australian Flying. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "RJI elects new board". Racing Jets International. September 14, 2013. Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  8. ^ Ranter, Harro (2015-12-06). "Accident Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros N39AY, 06 Dec 2015". Aviation Safety Network >. Retrieved 2022-05-18.

External linksEdit

  • Mike Mangold Air Displays
  • Mike Mangold Air Racing
  • Red Bull Air Race World Series official website
Sporting positions
Preceded by Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
2007
Succeeded by