Air Show Fan Now A Pilot

Brad Choat

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – As a boy, U.S. Marine Captain Richard Carmean of Florida watched air shows at the St. Louis riverfront while visiting family in town.

“Every summer, we’d come up, watch the Cardinals play in that blazing heat, and cap off the 4th of July with an air show. Then it was head back home after saying goodbye to grandma, grandpa, and the uncles,” Capt. Carmean tells KMOX News.

Now, Carmean is piloting the AV-8 Harrier in the 2011 Fair St. Louis air shows.

cahokia airport 9d1 Air Show Fan Now A Pilot He says it’s been a blast watching the crowds from above, “I’ve been a fan of the St. Louis air shows since about 1988 or 1989. This weekend I’m flying over the grounds smiling and looking down. It’s pretty exciting.”

Next on the agenda for Carmean before he returns to base in Arizona—- attending Monday’s Cardinals game at Busch Stadium with some fellow Marines.

He says it would be a dream to get to meet announcer Mike Shannon.

Copyright KMOX Radio

  • Aaron J Spetner

    Don’t just write about it – introduce the guy to Shannon!

  • Philip R. Hoge

    A very proud July 4th celebration for the Carmean & Hoge family. My Grandson, Marine Captain Richard “Rick” Carmean flew his Harrier at the celebration.
    My daughter Laurie Carmean – Rick’s mother – brother Chris and Uncle Duane Hoge were in attendance every day he flew. The Hoge family moved to St. Louis in 1985 after I retirede from the US Army and quicly became St Louis Cardinal fans as did my Grandson Rick. Over the years we saw many Card games together. In January of this year I was proud to have Captain Carmean attend the Annual Meeting of the Robert Burns Club as my guest.

  • Sidney E. Killebrew

    Congratulations Ricky, PhIl, Francis and Chris. Peggy and I are also proud of Ricky’s achievements! It is hard to believe that it has been more than a half century since we served together as lieutenants in Germany.

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