Larry, pictured here on the left, demonstrating the balance "standing" mode of an iBOT at a recent veterans event, is a native of Vallejo, CA. Larry enlisted in the US Army in 1968. He spent eleven years as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before earning his Army Aviator wings as a Warrant Officer in 1980. He is rated in the TH-55, UH-1H, all five series of the AH-1, AH-64A and AH-64D helicopters.
Mr. Shatto's military assignments include service in Viet Nam from 1969 until 1970, where he was a UH-1C crew chief in the 176th Assault Helicopter Company of the Americal Division. Upon his return from Viet Nam, he was stationed at Fort Sill, OK, followed by a tour in Panama. His last enlisted assignment was at Davison Army Airfield, Fort Belvoir, VA where he worked as a UH-1H crew chief on VIP flights, and then as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Crash/Rescue section.
After graduating from flight school in 1980, Larry was sent to Fort Ord, CA as an AH-1 Cobra pilot, where he participated in the Operational Fielding Test for the AH-64A Apache Attack Helicopter. He began his test pilot career during this assignment assisting in transitioning the unit from older AH-1G's to AH-1F's.
Larry continued test-flying AH-1's in Germany with the 3/7 Cav 3rd ID, from 1982 until 1985, after which he was reassigned to Fort Hood, TX. He was a test pilot in the 6th Air Cavalry Brigade, while they transitioned into the new AH-64A. He was involved in several tests with the AH-64A, ranging from night vision goggles and cold weather (snow) flying at Fort Lewis, WA, the first live-fire exercises with the Hellfire missile at Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ, and Classified Sensors testing at Yuma, AZ.
His last military assignment before retiring in 1989 was as the Brigade Aviation Maintenance Officer for the 6th Air Cavalry Brigade, where he assisted in recovery efforts after a storm caused more than $750 million dollars worth of damage to numerous aircraft at Fort Hood, TX.
Larry participated in Operation Desert Storm as a civilian contractor for Lockheed in support of the 1st Cavalry Division in 1991, where he did maintenance test flights on Cobras and Apaches in Saudi Arabia. He then worked as a LSSI Test Pilot, Assistant Aviation Safety Director, and Chief Pilot for LSSI.
Mr. Shatto's military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal with Valor device, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Good Conduct Medals, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon with two stars, and various service ribbons.
Larry resides in Belton, TX with Elaine, his wife of 41 years. They have two children, Nicole and Jayson, and are proud grandparents of six.
Larry is an Original Team Member and member of the Board of Directors of the "The 091 Foundation", a member of Disabled American Veterans Chap 29 (DAV), Life member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), and a Founding/Charter member of The Combat Helicopter Pilots Association (CHPA),
Larry Volunteers extensively with 091 Foundaton events, the "SnowBall Express", and other organizations in support of our military. He was involved with a documentary film involving 091 and also participated in the delivery of "Americas Huey 091" to the Smithsonian Museum in March of 2004