Roger B. Kelsay
Roger Kelsay is graduate of Oregon State University with a
degree in Business Management.
Kelsay's Military experience includes: T-37B, T-38A, T-33A,
F-101B&F, F-4C, F-15A, C-26, MiG-15UTI, MiG-17F,
Jet Provost Mk.3.
Civilian experience includes Lear 24 & 35, Mitsubishi
MU-2, Cessna 421, 340, and numerous other general
Mr. Kelsay has owned and operated Premier Jets, Inc. for
over 25 years and is the Founder of the Classic Aircraft
Aviation Museum. Premier Jets provides cost effective
Lear Jet services for the Medical Transport sector
(Lifeguard Air Ambulance) and the private charter sector.
Roger Kelsay resides with his family in Hillsboro, Oregon.
The Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum's Pilots Pilot BIOS
The Museum is able to participate and demonstrate our Warbirds in air shows
throughout the Western United States, due in part to the dedication of our
Volunteer Pilots. They volunteer many hours and their experience so that
aviation enthusiasts can actually hear and see these classic aircraft.
In order of appearance: Left to Right:
USAF Ret. Major/General Frank Scoggins
USAF Ret. Lieutenant/Colonel Bill Avolio
USAF Ret. Colonel Scott Powell
USAF Ret. Lieutenant/Colonel and Museum Founder, Roger Kelsay
Col.(Ret) Powell was commissioned via ROTC from Oregon State University in 1969.
He graduated with the “Top Flyer” award from class 70-07 at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas.
He proceeded to volunteer for and complete two consecutive combat tours of duty in Southeast Asia…
in the 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron at DaNang, Viet Nam in 1971, and in the 34th TFS at Korat,
Thailand in 1972. During this time he was an aircraft commander in the F-4 Phantom II aircraft.
He accumulated 301 air combat missions and 650 combat flying hours.
After a post war assignment with the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing in Okinawa, Japan, he completed his
USAF service and returned to Oregon to join the Oregon Air National Guard. During a twenty-four
year ANG career, Col. Powell’s assignments included the following:
• Commander, 123rd Fighter Squadron, Portland Air Base, Oregon (1985-1988)
• ANG Advisor to Commander, First Air Force, Langley AFB, Virginia (1989-1990)
• ANG Advisor to Commander in Chief, NORAD and U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado (1991-1993)
• Commander, 114th Fighter Squadron and Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon (1993-1995)
• Commander, Western Air Defense Sector, McChord AFB, Washington (1996-1997)
• Col. Powell retired as a member of the Washington ANG in 1998
Col. Powell is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, class of 1989. He also holds a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University (1969) and a
Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Portland State University (1979)
Among the twenty-one military awards and decorations held by Col. Powell are the following:
• Legion of Merit
• Distinguished Flying Cross
• Defense Meritorious Service Medal
• USAF Meritorious Service Medal
• 21 Air Medals
• Republic of Viet Nam Gallantry Cross with Two Palms
Col. Powell Retired with over 6,000 military flight hours in aircraft including the F-16ADF, F-4C, F-4D, F4-E, F-101B, C-
131, Learjet, F-86, A-26, BAC Jet Provost, and others.
He currently works for Premier Jets, Inc. and resides with his family in Rickreall, Oregon.
Major/General (Ret) Scoggins is a graduate of Kansas State University, class of 1969,
and holds a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering. He is a graduate of the Air War College
and numerous other military and civilian leadership courses. He is an accomplished pilot with
over 4500 flying hours having flown the T-37, T-38, F-4, F-105, F-5, F-20, and F-16 aircraft.
Scoggins was commissioned in the United States Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training
Corps program at Kansas State University and was a distinguished graduate of that course.
He entered undergraduate pilot training at Webb Air Force Base, Texas, and received his pilot's
wings in February of 1971, again with recognition as a distinguished graduate. His next
assignment was to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, to attend pilot training in the F-4 Phantom II.
In October of 1971, Major General Scoggins reported to Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base,
Thailand, where he joined the U.S. Air Forces 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron as an F-4 pilot.
During this tour of duty, he flew 192 combat missions. Ninety-one of these sorties were flown
over North Vietnam during the Operation Linebacker Campaign.
Following his combat tour, he was assigned to the 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, in November of 1972. In 1974, he
was selected to attend the United States Fighter Weapons School where he completed the course as the Outstanding Academic Graduate and as a
In May 1975, Major General Scoggins was selected to serve as an Instructor Pilot in the Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
During this three-year tour in the 414th Fighter Weapons Squadron, he tested numerous experimental weapons and tactics in addition to his duties as an
Major General Scoggins separated from the active Air Force and joined the Kansas Air National Guard in May of 1978. During his ten and one-half years
with the Kansas Air National Guard, he served with the 184th Tactical Fighter Group as Weapons and Tactics Officer, Flight Commander, Squadron
Commander, Deputy Commander for Maintenance, and Deputy Commander for Operations.
While Commander of the groups 127th Tactical Fighter Squadron MG Scoggins was responsible for guiding the development of the Air National Guard F-
4 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course. As Deputy Commander for the group he converted the unit to the new F-16 Fighting Falcon.
In October of 1988, Major General Scoggins was selected by the National Guard Bureau and the Air Force Reserve to be the Commander, Air National
Guard Air Force Reserve Test Center in Tucson, Arizona. His organization had the responsibility for conducting operational test and evaluation of reserve
component hardware and software for all fighter aircraft being utilized by the Air Reserve Components. During this tour of duty, the organization assumed
all responsibility for the Air Reserve Component F-16 A/B Operational Test and Evaluation Mission. As such, he had extensive involvement with the
European Participating Air Force, Air Force Logistics Command, and Tactical Air Command. The test center also served as the weapons and tactics focal
point for all Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve fighter forces.
In July of 1990, Major General Scoggins assumed command of Detachment One, Headquarters Washington Air National Guard. During Operation Desert
Storm, he was tasked by the Director of the Air National Guard to report to the Pentagon where he served a 45-day staff tour during the armed conflict.
He was then selected to return to the Kansas Air National Guard to command the 184th Fighter Group. During this period, the 184th was responsible for
training pilots in the unit's 70 F-16C aircraft. He returned to the Washington Air National Guard in 1994 to assume the duties of Assistant Adjutant General
- Air and was promoted to Brigadier General on September 23rd, 1994. Major General Scoggins became the Commander of the Headquarters Washington
Air National Guard on November 5th 1995.
Major General Scoggins military decorations include:
- Legion of Merit
- Distinguished Flying Cross
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Air Medal with twelve devices
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Army Commendation Medal
- Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four devices
- National Defense Service Medal
- Vietnam Service Medal
- Vietnam Gallantry Cross
- Vietnam Campaign Medal
Major General (Ret.)Scoggins is a native of Dodge City, Kansas. He is married and lives in Gig Harbor, WA
Gennaro ( Bill ) Avolio
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon
Multnomah Grade School – Benson Polytechnic (Aviation Major)
Vanport, Oregon College & Portland State – Masters in Geology
Worked in Egypt, Mauritania, and American Samoa
First dual flight 13 Jan. 1946 @ Division St. Airport (160th and Division)
Walt Ruprecht @ Bernard Airport and Vern McKinnon @ Troutdale
Flew GA aircraft from 1947 until 1952
Attended USAF pilot training 1952 and 1953
Flew in the Military 1953 to 1970
(Air National Guard)
Flew Non-Scheduled airline 1954 until 1956 (DC-3)
Commercial Pilot Single & Multi-engine land-Instrument
Airplane, Glider. Experimental Aircraft Authorization –
Provost A & P Certificate Instrument rating is current
"I've never have torn a piece of fabric or bent any aluminum,
and I've been checked out in 33 different Airplanes and 18 Gliders."