world-class pilot anthony oshinuga embarks on epic journey

June 14, 2018

Sponsored by EPIC Fuels, competitive race and aerobatic pilot Anthony Oshinuga will embark in his single-engine, single-seat Pitts-Special aerobatic aircraft on a journey of more than 3,400 miles north up the Pacific Coast to participate in the Arctic Thunder Air Show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, this summer. While the journey itself is epic, Anthony has his sights set on making history by becoming the first African-American civilian pilot to perform in an air show in the Arctic Circle. 

Anthony’s past makes this epic adventure and journey even more interesting. His parents immigrated from Lagos, Nigeria, and initially settled in Austin, Texas, in 1980.  As a child of Nigerian immigrants, Anthony was first drawn into the world of aviation at the young age of 5 after watching airplanes take-off and land during father-and-son visits to the local airport, and his passion and ambition have not wavered since.

He credits his resolve and focus to his parents’ guidance and encouragement to set high goals and strive to achieve them while growing up. In 2006, Anthony graduated from the University of California, Riverside, with a degree in mechanical engineering. In the same year, Anthony earned his private pilot certificate and took aerobatic lessons on the side, all while working in consulting jobs to pay the bills. However, his aeronautical ambitions did not stop there.

At the 2014 U.S. National Aerobatic Competition Anthony placed a remarkable 4th out of nine competitors in his category and 25th overall in the total contest. Even more impressive, in 2015, he made history at the Reno National Championship Air Race by becoming the first African-American rookie pilot to hold a first-place position after his 3rd heat. This outstanding achievement allowed him to place 2nd in the overall competition. Anthony has his eyes set on becoming the first African-American Red Bull Air Race Pilot, and his past accomplishments prove that he is on course in making that dream a reality.

Continuing to make his mark on history, Anthony will be performing in the Arctic Thunder Air Show on June 30, 2018. He will be flying his red and white Pitts Special dubbed “Black Hawk,” entertaining crowds alongside the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Kirby Chambliss and Jump Team, and Oregon Aero SkyDancer.

EPIC Fuels has sponsored Anthony since 2016.  See a complete schedule of Anthony’s appearances and a map of his flight path by following Anthony’s EPIC Air Adventure to Alaska on social media including @EPICFuels and @TeamOshinuga with the hashtag #AOEPICadventure.