With 37 combat missions during the Gulf War, over 500 hours of combat flying and being the first combat-loaded defence in the air on 9/11, Colonel Doug "Bubbles" Champagne is a living legend and all around American hero.
Flight Angels 2016 is giving you a chance to meet Col. Champagne and join him in flying the F-16 Falcon on Microsoft Flight Simulator X. He'll be answering your questions and telling stories about his exemplary military career.
Col. Champagne earned his U.S. Air Force commission in 1987. By 1989 he had earned his wings and went on to serve on active duty until June 1996. During the Gulf War, Col. Champagne flew 37 combat missions across Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Desert Calm.
Upon leaving active duty, he immediately joined the Michigan Air National Guard, serving as a full time member of the 107th Fighter Squadron. He served in a number of roles for the 107th, including chief of training, chief of weapons, director of operations and even squadron commander.
On September 11, 2001, Col. Champagne flew the first fully armed combat air patrol over Detroit, protecting the nation in the wake of unprecedented terrorist attacks on US soil.
In 2012, Col. Champagne became Commander of the 127th Operations Group at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan.
Today, Doug Champagne has retired from the U.S. Air Force and now flies commercial jets. He has generously lent his support and flying skills to Flight Angels and is here to answer your questions in our live chats and commentaries across the weekend.
This is the chance of a lifetime to meet a legendary command pilot. Join us on September 16-17 2016, donate to some amazing charities and fly with Col. Doug Champagne.