Chris Prevost – Founder & Pilot
Founder of the North Bay Air Museum in 1982, the Vintage Aircraft Company in 1975 and co-owner of Sonoma Valley Airport since 2002, Chris has been immersed in aviation for 40+ years and has more than 10,000 hours of flight time. Chris discovered Sonoma Valley Airport and his love of classic and WWII military aircraft at the age of six, and on his 16th Birthday earned his private pilot certificate. When just 17, Chris starred in Aerobatic demonstrations at Air Shows in his Bellanca Super Decathlon and his vintage Boeing Stearman, and soon thereafter offering scenic and aerobatic rides in historic military training aircraft . To this day, he continues his starring role in aerial demonstrations in his air-tour business, with passengers, and most notably in Europe at the Paris-Villarouche Air Legends air show in France and Hahn Weide air show in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany.
Chris’s restoration work is world-renowned. In the last 4 decades he has restored WWI and WWII aircraft for private collections and museums, restored B-25s and Beech 18s for the US Navy and the US Air Force Museum Project, replica WWII aircraft for film work, restored a Grumman F3F and Curtiss P40 Warhawk for his own collection, to name a few.
Chris is well known and widely respected in the world of vintage military aviation. His comprehensive knowledge of airframe structure, sheet-metal fabrication and aircraft engine maintenance and rebuilder has earned him the moniker of mater-builder. Having flown over 75 different aircraft models during his 40+-year flying history, Chris remains passionate about flying all his restorations; from the Golden Age of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the fighter aircraft of the Second World War, yet still finds the open-cockpit Stearman a most exhilarating flight experience.