Born in San Francisco to a career Air Force officer/pilot, Matthews
spent his early years in Europe. On returning, he spent his
teens washing airplanes, flying and teaching flying while preparing
for an aviation career. Receiving a Presidential appointment
to both the Air Force and Naval Academy, Matthews selected the
Navy so that he could fly from aircraft carriers.
At Annapolis, he majored in Aerospace Engineering. Additionally,
he was promoted to a leadership position within the Academy
ranks. Graduating during the peak of the Vietnam conflict, he
took a delayed set of orders to flight training in order to
serve a tour as a gun-boat skipper in the South Vietnamese jungles.
Completing a distinguished year, he reported to flight training
as the most decorated Ensign in the Navy! Matthews instructed
in the Navy and in the local community until leaving active
duty. He was selected as a production test pilot for the Citation
jet factory. There, his varied background and experience was
called upon as he tested and delivered many of the first 50
Citations ever built. Additionally, he was a prime Flight Demonstration
Pilot for the factory.
With his business success, he was able to compete in aerobatic
competition in his Pitts Special, and fly air shows in his own
F-86 SabreJet and F-5 Freedom Fighter. Doug also races in the
Unlimited Division of the Reno Air Races.
Matthews is a retired Lt. Commander in the Naval Reserves,
a director of the Naval Aviation Legacy Foundation and the sponsor
of Classic Fighters of America (www.classicfighters.org).
He was Lead of the Tailhook Legacy Flight® 2006-2008.
Licenses & Ratings:
Airline Transport Pilot / First Class Medical
Type Ratings-IA-Jet (IAI Westwind 1124), Learjet,
Citation, JetStar, Gulfstream II and V, DC-9, B-727, Douglas
SBD, North American P-51, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Grumman F8F
Bearcat, Vought F4U Corsair, Sea Fury
CFI-Airplanes, Instruments, Multi-Engine
Total Time: 16,000 hours
FAA-approved aerobatic low-level authority
and FAST Check Pilot
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