President, Founder & treasurer
With a love of airplanes that stems back to the age of 5, there wasn't a day in Jason's life where he wasn't thinking about airplanes. Unlike other aviation buffs at a young age, Jason wasn't all that interested in fast, loud and thundering jets. His attention was always toward the gallant warbirds and aircraft of the 1940s and 1950s. With his first job being at the Washington County Airport in Pennsylvania at the age of 15, Jason's drive and dream to one day own a vintage airplane had begun. Working throughout High School, Jason obtained all of his ratings except for his ATP by the age of 19. At the age of 35, Jason has logged over 12,000 hours of flight time, received his ATP, and is a captain for Republic Airlines. Jason's heart however has always been with those vintage wings. Having been a member of his mentor's group, "The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation," Jason was exposed to Douglas propliners at the age of 15. Falling more and more in love with these classic aircraft, the future and his fate were sealed. To date, Jason has flown the DC-4, DC-3, PBY-5 Catalina, AT-6 Texan, and the legendary Piper Cub. Deciding finally that it was time to branch out on his own, Jason founded and started Vintage Wings Inc. on February 5th, 2016. The love affair with C-53 41-20095 that started with that first chance encounter two years ago has now turned into something exciting beyond words. The begining of bringing a dream to reality.
Vice President & Cofounder
With talented pilots, wrench-bending mechanics, and innovative experimental homebuilders in his family tree, Jeremy was born into a life of aviation dreams and mechanical fascination. Drawing pictures of WWII planes, building models, and hatching plans to one day operate those elegant machines with founder Jason Capra was how the pair began an enduring friendship that has lasted since the second grade.Upon graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Journalism and minor in English, Jeremy earned his single-engine private pilot license while attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (later to graduate as Valedictorian).Jeremy is thrilled to be a member of Vintage Wings Inc. and share in the challenges of returning this noble veteran to the sky.
Vice President & Historian, Tim Nelson
Aviation has been in Tim Nelson's blood for as long as he can remember. Early on in his life his father would take him to work at Air Wisconsin and would also bring him to drill weekends with the Indiana Air National Guard. From this, a fondness for military aviation and airplanes grew from the exposure Tim received and it wasn't long before Tim's father and he were making annual trips to the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. After obtaining his multi engine commercial rating, a medical setback caused him take a different path which would have him remain in the aviation world but on the maintenance side of the “house”. It would also serve as a path for him to serve with the Indiana Air National Guard as a weapons loader on the F-16 and A-10 aircraft. This was a path that eventually landed him a career as a Quality Assurance Auditor with Republic Airways where he would eventually meet Jason Capra.