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Cathy Hansen

Cathy Hansen
President — Founding Director
A long time aviatrix and community leader, Cathy Hansen is a past president and served as a Director of the East Kern Airport District Board of Directors for seventeen years.

Cathy is a past president of the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Bakersfield Council Navy League and currently serves as a Navy League National Director. Together with her husband, Al Hansen, the pair maintains a small fleet of vintage aircraft at the Mojave Air & Spaceport, some of which have been used in movies and television shows.

Bill Deaver

Bill Deaver

Vice-President— Founding Director
Bill Deaver is a public and government relations consultant and the former editor and publisher of the Mojave Desert News. He writes a weekly column in the Antelope Valley Press.

Bill served on the staffs of two Members of Congress and a California State Assemblyman; held positions in the administrations of  Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C., with a public relations firm operated by his brother, the late Michael K. Deaver, in Washington, D.C. and served some 20 years in law enforcement.
Bill is Chairman of the East Kern Economic Alliance, Secretary of the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, President of the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation, President of the Mojave Community Medical Center, Inc., the Edwards Community Alliance, and the Kern Transportation Foundation; and is on the boards of the Quad Healthcare Consortium, and the Kern County Air Pollution Control District Variance Hearing Board, and the East Kern Educational Resource Network, working to develop a university in the High Desert;  and is a member of the Edwards Air Force Base Civilian/Military Support Group.

Wen Painter
Midge Wright
Owner/operator of The Stake Mill in Mojave – manufacturing surveyor stakes and pallets for the construction industry.

Steve Rushford
A retired aerospace technician, engineer and master modeler, specializing in designing and flying radio controlled model helicopters.
Wen Painter
Wen Painter
Director — Founding Director, Retired
Wen Painter is a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired Director Aerospace Engineer from NASA Dryden after 30 years of service, but is still called back to work from time to time for research programs. He holds a BS Aeronautical Engineering; MA Human Resource Management and a MS Aeronautical Engineering.

Wen is a licensed pilot and flight instructor: Flight Qualifications: 1) Commercial Pilot: Single Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land, Single-Engine Sea, and Glider; 2) Flight Instructor: Airplane Single-Engine Land and Glider; and has over 6000 Hours Fixed Wing time. Flight Test Experience: Aeronautical Engineer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; F-100 Variable Stability Airplane, Lifting Bodies HL-10, X-24A, M2-F2, M2-F3, and STOL (Short Takeoff & Landing) Airplane; F-8 Supercritical Wing Research Airplane, F-111 TACT (Transonic Aircraft Technology) Airplane; F-111 IPCS (Integrated Propulsion Control System) Airplane, B-57B Atmospheric Research Airplane; AD-1 Oblique Wing Research Aircraft, and F-15 10-Degree Rotating Cone Experiment. His Professional Affiliations: Experimental Aircraft Association and Society of Flight Test Engineers.

Ursula Finkbeiner
Educator, world traveler.

Chris Martin
Chris grew up in a family of aviators including his Father, Grandfather, and Uncle. His Father severed in the USAF - Air Defense Command. His first lesson was in a 1947 Piper J3 Cub. Other flight experience includes civilian and military aircraft.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, his first job was at Rockwell International, North American Aircraft Operations working on the B-1B program. Transitioning into media, Martin held executive level positions in sales and marketing with CBS/Metro Networks, Gage Marketing Services, Transit Television Network and is presently at Lamar Advertising. Martin is the owner of Flight Support Services which provides marketing, advertising and other aviation services.

A passionate aviator, Martin holds a commercial certificate with instrument rating - airplane. Endorsements include complex, high performance and tail wheel.

Heather Benes
Secretary — Director
Heather Benes is a dance teacher and choreographer. Her training and experience includes graduate degrees in dance and theatre performance and production and human movement science, as well as performance and choreographic credits in university and regional dance companies.

Heather is the owner of Mojave Movement Arts Center, a dance school in Mojave. She also directs the Palmdale Playhouse Youth Ballet. She is a member of the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, the Mojave Transportation Museum, and the National Dance Association. She and her husband own 3 flyable aircraft, 1 repair project, 1 build-from-plans project and 3 greyhounds. Heather is a licensed glider pilot.

Kelly Hall
Owner of Hall Star Speakers & Talent, a lecture and talent bureau, Kelly is also responsible for the personal management for famous aviator Dick Rutan, and has been working with him for nearly 25 years.

Kelly also holds two non profits, Mojave Transportation Museum and Celebrity Scholarships, Inc. close to her heart and works hard at fundraising for both. Kelly is married to Don Hall, a tile contractor, and they both delight in their children and grandchildren.;;

Matt Jackson
Director of Aircraft Maintenance

Mike Massee

Mike Massee
Mike Massee is an award winning photographer, 3D designer and graphic artist. When not working on spacecraft at XCOR Aerospace, he can be found in his home machine shop building a miniature working steam locomotive, and documenting steam preservation efforts big and small.

Mike is also a board member and past president of the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of several live steam clubs.

Alan Radecki
Historian/Curator — Founding Director
An avid history buff and published photographer of aircraft and trains and published author "A Mojave Scrapbook — Volume 1." Mr. Radecki is a member of the Aviation Photographers of Southern California.

Alan is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic with the Federal Aviation Administration and currently is employed at Northrop Grumman in Palmdale as photographer. He is willing and able to oversee aircraft restoration projects for the museum. You may visit his MojaveSkies blog at:

Elliot Seguin