Jerry Conley "VLAD" Vampire Pilot
Jerry Conley, President of Vampire Aviation, LLC. and chief pilot. Jerry’s flying career started at eight years old when he got a kids book titled "Jerry the Jet" and the rest is history.
Jerry holds a degree B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from The Florida State University, College of Engineering. Jerry designed and developed Florida States Universities entry into the SAE Heavy lift R/C design contest held at McDonald Douglas. He presented an Aerospace design project for NASA/USRA at NASA.
Graduating in the top of his class being a member of the prestigious Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. Jerry designed experiments for engineering courses at two major Universities. He has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Jerry held the position of Senior Design Engineer at the countries oldest engineering firm Mason & Hanger Engineering. He
also served as a Military contractor during the first Gulf War while working in Aircraft support at Tyndall AFB for BDM International.
Jerry was the CEO of Wildcat Fuels, Inc. for 25 years– the leading manufacturer of radio controlled (RC) fuels in the world, selling his company in 2013 to pursue Airshows full time.
Jerry is proud to have served our country in the United States Air Force and is an honorably discharged veteran.
Having 40 years experience, Jerry’s flying experience includes aircraft such as Beecraft Bonanza, Cessna 172, Citabria, Super Decathalon, SAI Marchetti, Bell Helicopters, HA-200 Casa Jet, Dehavilland DH-115 Vampire, Dehavilland DH-112 Swiss Venom, L-39, and AVL-29 and BAC Strikemaster.
Jerry has performed at Airshows across the country fly high performance jet aircraft for 15 years.
His ratings include Comercial, Instrument, Multi Engine, Helicopter, and multiple jet type ratings.
Jerry holds a Surface Level Aerobatic card with Solo Jet certification, and dogfight. Jerry is also an avid car enthusiast having built a high performance 1966 Cobra sports car. Whether in the air or on the road, if it goes fast that’s were you’ll find him.