Here's a quick look at the movers and shakers who make the Vimy fly.
Peter McMillan: Founder, Managing Director
Peter, adventurer, businessman, history buff, pilot, aviation addict
and loving father of 3, has been Vimy’s founder, sponsor,
pilot and impassioned soul since 1992!
Where Vimy goes, goes Peter, often because of Peter – definitely
a spiritual marriage of mutual need!
Mark Rebholz: Flight Operations Manager & Pilot
In addition to piloting the Vimy, Mark is responsible for all flight
related activities including planning, co-ordination, clearances,
Mark also served as Flight Ops Director for the Vimy's 1994 and
1999 flights and has other significant experiences in adventure
flying. He was chief test pilot for the Vimy replica's FAA Certification.
He has over 20,000 total flying hours with 4500 hours in 24 different
Mark is currently a Boeing 747 Captain for United Airlines where
he has been employed since 1979.
John LaNoue: Aircraft Architect & Co-Pilot
John supervised and carried the laboring oar for the 1993 22,000
man-hour project of building our Vimy replica, which successfully
accomplished the 1994 England to Australia re-creation flight and
the 1999 England to South Africa re-creation flight. John has assumed
the lead role in the installation of Vimy’s new Canadian Orenda
engines in 2004 and 2005 and the necessary transatlantic modifications
to the Vimy airframe preparatory to the Alcock & Brown re-creation
transatlantic flight planned for June 2005.
John’s unusual talents have also made him one of the movie
industry’s best-known set construction and special effects
experts. He has had a primary role in creating scenic arts for 35
large-scale feature films.
Jennifer Moseley: Ireland/England Coordinator
Jenny Moseley has been involved with the Vimy since the first trip
to Australia, where as UK Director for National Geographic she managed
sponsorship, marketing, media and editorial aspects of the adventure.
As a passionate volunteer on the Vimy Aircraft Project, Jenny became
Chairman of the Silver Queen Flight, assisting the crew in the planning
and logistics of the flight from London to the Cape. Jenny will
be responsible for all Irish and English Vimy arrival preparations
and public relations activities.
David R. Holbrooke: Administration
Nicknamed the ‘fueler', David provides the project the administrative
support of his office, its staff and a network of resources. More
importantly, his passion for the Vimy and its impact on all it touches
'propels' his efforts to ensure success for the project and its
prime movers - Peter, John, Jenny, Mark and Lang and the myriad
other loyal Vimy troopers around the world.
Roger Pike: Vimy Atlantic Newfoundland Manager
Our Newfoundland Chief brings all the necessary experience as President
and CEO of Air Labrador and an Honourary Colonel in Canadian Search
and Rescue. Roger Pike's passion for aviation, and lifetime history
in Newfoundland, make him the perfect match for our third and final
re-creation flight, the transatlantic, from Newfoundland to Ireland!
Samara Daniel: Administration Support / 'Web Mistress'
As David Holbrooke's assistant, Samara has gotten an up-close and
personal relationship with the Vimy over the past few years through
organizing the trip for David's 14 year old son, Colin, as part
of the Educational Program of the Silver Queen flight from England
to South Africa, to the current day-to-day administrative and creative
aspects of this awe-inspiring project. "Alcock, Brown and now McMillan...have
shown the world anything is possible...if you dare to dream."
Lang Kidby: Vimy Atlantic Project Assistant
Peter McMillan was an entrant in Lang Kidby's England to Australia
Vintage Air Rally in 1990 where he and Lang became good friends.
The pair came up with the outrageous scheme to build a 1919 Vickers
Vimy and fly it across the world. With Peter managing the overall
business and Lang the operational aspects, the Vimy flew only one
Lang did the initial test flying, then he and Peter flew 14,000
miles from England to Australia. In 1999, he had an opportunity
to fly the Vimy again in South Africa before disassembling it and
sending it back to its home in USA.
Since then – Lang has kept himself busy with running UN convoys
in Iraq, Road Rallys in Australia and in 2004, a memorial road trip
from Jordan to Normandy in a 1940 Dodge Staff car. In 2005 he is
embarking on a Beijing to Paris road rally, hopefully to hook up
with Vimy in early summer, after its hoped for Atlantic crossing.
In Munich, from left to right:
Mick Follari, Pete McBride, Jenny Moseley, Lord Denman,
Peter McMillan, Matt Bresler, Marion Tappin, Mark Rebholz,
and John LaNoue.