Jim DiMatteo, a decorated U.S. Naval Aviator who has served in several aviation leadership positions, is joining EAA as Vice President, AirVenture Features and Attractions. In that role, he will be responsible for developing and coordinating the programs for the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in.
DiMatteo recently retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain following an impressive career, which included leading 2011’s Centennial of Naval Aviation Foundation programs nationwide. In more than 20 years as a Naval Aviator, he flew more than 5,000 hours in five different fighter aircraft, including 72 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm.
DiMatteo also served as Commanding Officer for TOPGUN Adversary Squadrons in Florida and Nevada (VFC-111 and VFC-13), where his squadrons earned the “Triple Crown of Naval Aviation” – top honors for operations, safety and maintenance. Following that achievement, DiMatteo was promoted to a position reporting directly to the Commander of Naval Air Forces, overseeing all TOPGUN Adversary Programs.
From 2006-2010, he served as International Race Director for the Red Bull Air Race World Series.
DiMatteo earned an engineering degree from the University of California-Berkeley.
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