Col. Mike Bertz, MD. -- Honored October 16, 2011.
Michael W Bertz born June 11, 1936. His childhood dream of flying was set back by a ruptured appendix and peritonitis. After high school he served the US Air Force, then a degree in dentistry. He served his residency in Oral Surgery at Denver General Hospital, and then became a medical doctor specializing in anesthesiology.
Bertz joined the Colorado Air National Guard as a flight surgeon and his aviation career was finally launched. His P-51 Mustang "Stang Evil" became his moniker.
In 40 years of flying with CoANG and privately, he had over 1500 hours in the P-51. He flew with the great Bob Hoover at Reno, NV. Bertz was known for his passion of flying and an ambassador and promoter aviation throughout Colorado. He flew for many non-profit events, like for Childrens Hospital, Daedalian Foundation, and for the USAF Academy.