JOHN “SLICK” WRIGHT
As Blue Air’s Fort Smith, Arkansas Site Lead, John “Slick” Wright, oversees operations of Blue Air Training’s most robust site of operations, with over 1600 flight hours of training provided annually in support of 16 different ANG and special tactic squadrons. Slick also serves as DETCO and as an instructor pilot in the A-90 and IAR-823.
His previous CAS experience as an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot, Marine Forward Air Controller, Air Officer, Joint Terminal Attack Controller Instructor, Joint Terminal Attack Controller Evaluator, Tactical Air Control Party Instructor, Target Mensuration Only Instructor makes him superbly qualified to provide superior service to Blue Air’s JTAC clients in support of training requirements. Slick has logged over 1000 career CAS controls and safely supervised more than 2500 controls. He is also a graduate of the MAWTS-1 Weapons and Tactics Instructor course where he earned the title Weapons and Tactics Instructor from the Air Officer Division. While on active duty he has also participated in over 30 large force and joint fires exercises as an instructor and evaluator of FACs, JTACs, JFOs, AirOs, TACPs, and FOs. As an AH-1W Weapons Training Officer, he instructed a variety of missions focused on supporting the guys on the ground.
During his tenure with the U.S. Marine Corps, Slick also served as the H&HS Company Commander and Air Officer for the 2d Reconnaissance Battalion. While serving as the Executive Officer and Company Air Officer for 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, he stood up Force’s JTAC program which consisted of building, training, and managing 18 JTACs.
After leaving active duty, Slick entered the reserves flying AH-1Ws again and continued to train JTACs in Air Force Special Operations Command as a contractor. He was a JTAC Program Manager for both the 21st Special Tactics Squadron and the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at different times.
Slick has approximately 3500 flight hours in the T-34C, TH-57B/C, UH-1N, AH-1W, AH-6C, Bell 206B3/L1/L3/L4, Bell 407, EC-130B4/T2, EC-135T2+/P2+, IAR 823, Valmet L-90, BAC-167, and O-2.
Prior to joining Blue Air Training, Slick served as a Part 135 Commercial Helicopter Pilot for the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico and Vanderbilt LifeFlight program.
Slick enjoys spending his down time traveling, flying his Glasair Super II and fishing the White River. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Aviation Safety and Security at Middle Tennessee State University.