Randall "Randy" Lee Harris went west on July 21, 2016 at age 55. Randy was born in Virginia Beach, VA to Sarah and Owen (Pete) Harris. Randy was bitten with the aviation bug early on. He learned to fly model airplanes at age 12 and full size airplanes at age 25. Randy held many jobs including radio personality, night club DJ, writer and electronics salesman before heading to Greensboro, NC to enroll at NC A&T University where he completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering while also performing in stage acting.
It was Randy's passion for flying and the performance bug that lead him to become one of the best and well respected Airshow pilots in the industry. Randy had over 20 years and 200 venues of experience on the air show circuit and performed in a number of large and small shows each year throughout North America.
Randy custom built his airplanes, first an EAA Biplane and then the Skybolt 300 with which he wowed airshow audiences. Both airplanes were featured on the covers of Kitplanes magazine. The Skybolt has won several top awards at air shows in the US and has been featured in numerous aviation magazines, posters, calendars, and advertising. Randy's greatest thrill was to win a Champion Award at the 1994 Oshkosh, WI, International EAA Fly-in. The realization of a lifelong dream came when he was asked to perform at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh in 2011. Randy's air show company is called Bearfeat Aerobatics.
Randy worked as a Flight Test Engineer with McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach, CA flight testing new airliner designs, and retired from American Airlines in 2011. Randy was the General Manager of Aircraft Specialties Services, a small aerospace company serving general aviation located in Tulsa, OK.
Randy is survived by his wife of 25 years, Linda, their 2 cats, Scooter and Piper, an aunt and uncle, Robert and Kristi Noell of Lynchburg, VA and niece Sarah, and many close friends located all over the country. Randy was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Owen Harris.
The memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday July 30, 2016 at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 North 74th East Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74115.
In lieu of flowers, Randy wanted to help future aviators find the same passion he found and asked that any donations to be made to the EAA Young Eagles Program (https://www.eaa.org/eaa/apps/donations/donationform). The Young Eagles program has dedicated nearly 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.
A memorial page has been set up for those wishing to share thoughts, feelings and stories they may have.