Charles Allen Kulp Sr.

September 20, 1925October 17, 2021

On Sunday, October 17, 2021, Charles A. Kulp, Sr, a.k.a Charlie Kulp the Flying Farmer, went to that big airshow in the sky at the age of 96, after a lifelong love and career with aviation.

You can Google him on the computer to see his public life and aerobatic act. While most folks know his passion for flying and encouraging young people to follow their own passions skyward, few may know the private man, the man away from the show. He loved deeply, often having a difficult time putting it into words, but his actions spoke for him. In spite of his sometimes abrupt manner and gruff exterior, he was a kind and gentle man who loved his children, enjoyed gardening and feeding the deer, birds and squirrels from the many feeders he built and bought. Like his father, he loved to tinker. He once built a motor car out of Cub parts, but failed to put a shut off on it. Afraid he was going to run into a row of planes, he reached back and grabbed the sparkplug with his bare hand. He treasured old friends, spending hours on the phone checking on them and chatting when he sat down for that rare few minutes rest. He was an eloquent speaker. I remember the emotion with which he spoke at my two brothers’ services and his speech at the VAHS induction ceremony (photo above with his children). He had a wonderful, dry wit, which he shared with my mother, Joan. Don’t get me wrong, if he didn’t like you, you knew that, too. As the saying goes, “Still waters run deep”, and he was a complex man.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry A. Kulp, Sr. and Rose Haynes Kulp; brothers Harry A. Kulp, Jr. and Ralph L. Kulp; sons Charles A. Kulp, Jr. and Harry M. Kulp; one granddaughter Molly Rose Kulp.

He is survived by his daughter Joanna B. Kulp, his beloved companion Evelyn Marshall and her family, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date in the spring of 2022. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society (VAHS). VAHS Mailing Address: Shannon Airport KEZF Campus, PO Box 7795, Fredericksburg, VA 22404.


  • Memorial Service in Spring of 2022


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Vickie Kulp

October 29, 2021

My family is heartbroken with the passing of Uncle Charles. Heartbroken but very proud and happy to have him as an uncle and brother in law for my mother.
He had a wonderful life I believe. His life was aviation beginning at a young age. Loved by many- family, friends and many spectators at his performances. Another generation of Kulps is gone. We wish we had seen him one more time. So many more Kulp family questions we had.
Photo I believe is from 2006. L to R is my brother Gerald Kulp, his wife Jennifer, Uncle Charles, my mother Gay Kulp and me Vickie Kulp

I can't believe he is gone physically but will remain in our hearts and memories for ever. Love you and miss you!

Jim Reed

October 24, 2021

Charlie was the Master Air Show Pilot. Always the true professional and a Gentleman. I had the pleasure of being on the roster at various air shows in Virginia with Charlie during the 80's and 90's. I always marveled at his skill and showmanship. Charlie was a great companion, a true friend and will be missed.

Blue skies and favoring tailwinds Charlie

Photo left to right John Greenwood, Jim, and Charlie

Doyle Peggy

October 24, 2021

Charlee was a great friend of the Old Dominion 99s always encouraging and supportive. He and Evelyn were faithful guests at our annual Christmas party at Glocca Morra Farm. Rick and I will miss him and his wonderful stories and history. Another great pilot Gone West. RIP Charlee and thank you for your presence in our lives!
Peggy and Rick

Rudy Rich

October 23, 2021

I had the honor and privilege to meet Charlie several years ago and watch him perform The Flying Farmer act. He did things with a J3 Cub that it wasn't supposed to do litterly defied gravity to me he was one of the best pilots ever. God Speed Charlie

Joe Caporaletti

October 22, 2021

I met Charlie when I was 12 years old at the old Manassas airport. That was 1950. He taught me and my father to fly and I soloed at age 14, before I got my drivers license. Charlie was a great instructor and a great friend. I have many great memories of those years spent around him and i still have the love for flying that he instilled in me. Charlie will be missed by thousands that he influenced over the years. So long and clear skies.

Jerry Jeffers

October 22, 2021

I flew a lot of the same airshows with Charlie.His act was the only one I stopped to watch-he was the best!!We now have his aircraft at the N.C. Aviation museum and show it and Charlie's story to all who come.Tail winds and blue skies Charlie.

Bill Todd

October 20, 2021

Charlie was a great flight instructor and a loyal friend. Years ago I was cutting grass at my home in Spotsylvania when Charlie stopped by and ask if I would like to ride with him to the airport. That was the beginning his teaching me to fly and getting my pilots license. I will never forget Charlie and his J3 plane. If you knew Charlie Kulp you knew a truly special man although he might not have agreed. May you rest in peace now, reunited with those that have gone before.

Sue Dillard

October 19, 2021

We will always remember Granpa Kulp as the Flying Farmer. We have fond memories of summer days and evenings spent at the Flying Circus, and our first flights with Granpa.

He is forever in our hearts.

Sue Kulp
Corey Kulp
Krisie Wyatt