Jerry D. (Jive) Kerby

Jerry D. (Jive) Kerby


Lt Col Jerry D. (Jive) Kerby, USAF (Ret)

Born in 1959, Jive grew up in Lancaster, Missouri.  He started flying lessons when he was 15, soloed on his 16th birthday and received his private pilot’s license on his 17th birthday, the earliest age allowed.  By the time Jive received his BS in Aviation from Northeast Louisiana University (now University of LA-Monroe) and was entering the United States Air Force’s Officer Training School in 1983, he had already earned his Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) License and had logged approximately 4300 flight hours. Kerby retired from the USAF in 2006 after 23 years of service.

Currently, Jive is the Vice-President of Operations for Draken International, Inc., a Department of Defense Contractor headquartered in Lakeland, Florida with a detachment squadron based at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada.  He also flies as an Aggressor Pilot for the company helping to train both US military fighter pilots and those from US ally countries.

In May of 2013, Jive took his first tandem skydive, and he decided to begin training as soon as possible.  His first solo jump to begin AFF training was on January 25, 2015, and he completed the training on March 28, 2015.  He will soon have over 100 jumps.

USAF Service Highlights:

  • Graduated #1 in pilot training class and awarded F-15 Eagle training slot
  • Graduate of the ultra elite USAF Fighter Weapons School in the F-15 (top 1% of all F-15 pilots)
  • Seven Operational Tours in the F-15, including Weapons and Tactics Officer of the 58FS Gorillas during Desert Storm (SOUTHERN WATCH)
  • One of the highest time F-15 pilots in USAF with over 3400 hours flown
  • Winner – Overall Top 2-Ship in USAF William Tell Air-to-Air Competition (1992)
  • Led over 20 missions in Desert Storm (SOUTHERN WATCH) as overall Air-to-Air Mission Commander
  • F-15 Instructor Pilot/Military Liaison for the first Royal Saudi Air Force Fighter Weapons School (1996)
  • F-22A Program Manager during the F-22 Raptor’s operational testing
  • Commander of 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron responsible for target generation for all Department of Defense missile testing with a fleet of QF-4 Phantom’s and subscale vehicles (2003-5)
  • First F-4 Heritage Flight Pilot for the USAF (2005)

Military Decorations:

  • Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters) for exceptional service in a position of leadership
  • Air Medal
  • Aerial Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Various Service and Campaign Ribbons and Medals

Civilian Aviation and Air Show Highlights:

  • Certified Flight Instructor in MS760, F-4 Phantom, T-33 Shooting Star, T-28 Trojan, A-4 Scooter, MB-339, MiG 15/17, L-159 Honeybadger, and L-39 Albatross aircraft
  • Surface Solo and Formation Aerobatic card in F-4, T-33, L-39, MiG-17, T28, MS-760, T6, and RV-series aircraft
  • One of only two civilian Certified Flight Instructors in F-4 (non-military) in the US
  • 13 years of air show experience and over 400 low-level performances in high performance aircraft
  • Board of Directors of International Council of Air Shows (ICAS)
  • Over 14,000 flight hours in over 70 types of aircrafts
  • Certified to “circle the jumpers” during air show performances
  • Certified to perform “night” air shows