We are so excited to announce another new act to our 2020 Moses Lake Airshow!
Derek Allen grew up in the Rubber Capitol of the world; Akron, OH. His life was not surrounded by aviation at all, and he did not attend his first air show until much later in life. He was however involved in theater during high school and contemplated a career in acting and comedy. Not fully sure what direction he wanted to take after high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force right after graduation in 2004. He entered as an F-16 Viper Crew Chief and had various assignments in the US and the Pacific. This is when Derek saw the “Black Eagles” from the Republic of Korea Air Force as well as the PACAF Viper Demo Team and he caught the air show and demonstration bug.
After his time on the Viper, the Air Force moved him to the Mighty A-10 Warthog at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. While stationed here Derek was hand-selected to be the Superintendent for Air Combat Commands A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team. During his time on the Team, he had the opportunity to serve as the narrator for the Demos, which allowed him to be mentored by some amazing announcers. While narrating the Abbotsford International Air Show during his first season, veteran air show announcer Ken Hildebrandt mentioned to Derek that he had a talent that not many had. That talent was to capture what was going on in the air and translate the excitement to the crowd. Derek took Ken’s advice and during his time on the Demo Team, he honed his craft.
Over two seasons with the A-10 Demo Team, Derek narrated at small and large shows and also helped plan and prepare for the flyover of the 2019 Super Bowl and the 2019 Indy 500. Derek was also brought in as a consultant to aid with the script and announcing for the airpower showcase in honor of Medal of Honor recipient MSgt John A. Chapman.
Derek’s love of airpower and people led to his decision to continue to announce air shows after his time on the Demo Team. His goal is to get people interested in aviation; either as a flyer or as a maintainer. He hopes that air shows will motivate and inspire today’s youth to take to the skies.
Currently, he is the Commandant of the Airman Leadership School at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ where he lives with his wife Ercilia and three children Hailey, David and Noah.
List of Shows Derek Has Been A Part of:
Luke AFB, AZ
Battle Creek, MI
Tri-City Water Follies, WA
Whiteman AFB, MO