Michael Eugene Mangold (1955 - 2015)

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Michael Eugene Mangold
October 10, 1955-December 6, 2015

Mangold, Michael Eugene, RedBull Champion Race Pilot, Skydiver and Airline Captain perished when his L-39 jet crashed at Apple Valley airport on December 6, 2015. Mike graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1978, and was the outstanding graduate of the Air Force's "Top Gun" fighter weapons school in 1983. He left active military duty in 1989 and began his airline career, first with US Air and then American Airlines in 1991. Mike was the RedBull Air Race world champion in 2004, 2005, and 2007. He has won Gold, Silver and Bronze at the US National Aerobatic Championships, was a member of the US Unlimited Aerobatic team, a five-time California Unlimited Aerobatic Champion and had over 5,000 skydives. He is survived by his beloved wife Julie and loving children Nicholas and Melissa, his mother Luana and his brothers Robert and Frank. A memorial service for Family and Friends will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015, at two o'clock in the afternoon at Congregation Bamidbar shel Ma'aleh, 15347 Sixth Street, Victorville. For further information, please e-mail Julie Mangold at [email protected]
Published in the Daily Press on Dec. 11, 2015