most youngsters were building model aircraft, Danny Clisham was
already involved in the real thing. Growing up in the world of loops,
rolls and spins made him a natural in the modern-day air show business.
Danny pursued an aviation career shortly after graduation from high
school by first purchasing a Piper Cub and then soloing. Having
successfully achieved his boyhood dream, he became a professional pilot
for a major airline.
As a career airline pilot, Danny set and has broken world-class
speed records. While an American Airlines
captain, he set a new speed record of just under 600 miles per hour.
These records are officially sanctioned by the National Aeronautic
Association, the United States representative of world record keeper
Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Paris.
Currently, Danny is one of a small corps of test pilots hand-picked
for participation in a Boeing 747 supertanker project. He has over
30,000 hours of flying time.
Known for fresh, lively, knowledge-based commentary, Danny is one of
America’s most popular air show announcers.
In the course of his career, he has entertained millions of attendees
at air shows throughout North America.
Sponsoring organizations have long relied on Danny’s professionalism
and credibility. He repeatedly puts on performances that thrill
audiences and keep them coming back year after year.
Awards to his credit include:
- Inductee, International Council of Air Shows Foundation Air Show
Hall of Fame.
- Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, awarded annually by World
Airshow News magazine and the friends and family of Bill Barber.
- Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award, given by the International
Council of Air Shows, in recognition of an air show ace that best
exemplifies Scholl’s "legacy of showmanship."
- Sword of Excellence, also presented by the International Council
of Air Shows. This award is given to an individual in honor of
outstanding overall service and personal contribution to the air show
- Clifford W. Henderson Achievement Award. Given by the Cleveland
National Air Show, this annual prize honors a performer who has
contributed to the industry and demonstrated a "profound belief in
- Favorite Announcer Readers Choice Award in 1996, from General
Aviation News and Flyer.
- Honorary Member of the Snowbirds, Canadian Forces Jet
Demonstration Team. As an inductee, Danny becomes a member of an elite
society that counts fewer than 100 members worldwide.
- Member, Screen Actors Guild. Hollywood’s motion picture companies
call on Danny for his talent and expertise on both sides of the camera.
As you enjoy your next air show, listen carefully for the expertise
and colorful commentary of SkyTalker Danny Clisham.
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