Skip Holm is a veteran combat pilot who lives on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. Holm claims to hold the world record for combat flight hours - 1,172. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1992 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Holm logged his record combat hours flying F-105s and F-4s in the Vietnam War. After three tours of duty in Vietnam he joined Lockheed Skunk Works and test piloted the experimental and production F-117s. Holm participated in the Reno Air Races since 1981. He has won in the Unlimited class of piston-engined aircraft in 1984, 2000, 2002 and 2003. Holm performed as stand-in pilot in The Right Stuff and Hot Shots!.