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Danny J. Clisham

2015 Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame Danny Clisham

Danny Clisham announced at his first air show entirely by chance in October 1965, . Danny was in Elkins, WV as a ferry pilot for Bill Barber in an air show produced by Johnny Skyrocket Morgan. The show hired a local TV color man as its announcer who was quickly over matched for the job. Danny climbed on to the hay wagon to offer help, but instead, the TV anchor handed the microphone over to Danny and raced away. On that day, a legend was born.
Danny immediately raised the game of the air show industry by viewing himself as an entertainer first and a pilot second. He decided that a suit and a boutonniere were appropriate so air show announcers were viewed more as Masters of Ceremonies. Years later, Danny would begin wearing his signature white suit.


In fifty years of air show announcing, Danny has seen just about every dynamic and static act in the industry and watched as air shows have increased in terms of entertainment value, skill and professionalism. He has seen show producers, skywriters, wingwalkers, pilots, ground acts, designers and builders all leave their mark on the air show industry. Danny has also watched the crowds at air shows grow exponentially as forward thinking show directors added sponsorships, corporate chalets and events within the event to attract more attendees, loyal attendees who come back to the shows year after year. The crowd makes all the difference, according to Danny. The spontaneous applause of a crowd held in rapt attention to an act is the most exciting and energizing thing that can happen at an air show.
Air show announcing is one aspect of Danny s love for all things aviation. He spent his adult career as a professional airline pilot and retired from American Airlines with more than 30,000 hours of flight time. In fact, he holds a Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) speed record for a commercial route " a record that has not been broken for 30 years.

Danny, still an active pilot, owns three general aviation aircraft. He has also worked as an aviation consultant on movies and for television shows.


Induction into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame is the latest in a lengthy list of honors that includes: Induction into the ICAS Foundation s Air Show Hall of Fame; the ICAS Sword of Excellence; the Clifford W. Henderson Achievement Award; Honorary Membership in The Canadian Forces Jet Demonstration Team; The Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award; General Aviation News & Flyer Readers Choice Award; and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship.
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