Kermit Weeks net worth is estimated at $20 million. He is an American pilot, aviation enthusiast, and an aircraft collector. He basically does everything you can imagine about aircraft because he loves them. That is why he designs, collects, and restores damaged aircraft. And money? Well, he inherited oil and gas royalties and that basically gave Weeks all the funds he needed to pursue his passion.
Who is Kermit Weeks?
Kermit Weeks was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 14, 1953. His father was Austin Weeks, an oceanographer for the government; his work later brought the family to Southern California and Washington D.C. Later on, they had to move once again, however, this time to Miami. Kermit was only 13.
He was a very curious boy. Kermit liked to play in the dirt and to lose himself into a world of dreams and imagination. He slowly became obsessed with building things. He was a real thinker.
“I was always technically fascinated with things”, said Kermit Weeks, the founder of Fantasy of Flight, a popular Florida attraction, “I liked to draw things like ships and airplanes, just a conglomeration of everything. I saw the world by drawing the technical things and building thins I learned about”.
In Miami, Kermit began flying model aircraft and competing on the high school gymnastics team. And when he turned 17, Kermit began building his own airplane, the home-built Der Jager D-IX. That is a biplane powered by a four-cylinder Lycoming O-320 engine. Kermit Weeks invested almost all his spare time into this project and finally completed it in about four years.
Kermit Weeks Education and Career
Kermit Weeks learned to fly on his home-built plane and later on he bought Pitts S-2A. He became so good that he started winning aerobatic competitions. And while winning all those competitions, Weeks also pursued an aeronautical engineering degree at Miami-Dade Junior College, the University of Florida and Purdue University.
In 1978, Kermit Weeks earned three Silver medals and one Bronze in the FAI World Aerobatic Championships held in Czechoslovakia. In the next 20 years, he won 20 medals in World Aerobatics Championships.
During the ’70s, Weeks started searching for old aircraft in order to restore and preserve them. And in 15 years, he collected enough aircraft to start the “Weeks Air Museum” in Miami, Florida. Shortly after that, Weeks bought about 250 acres of land 20 miles southwest of Walt Disney World. He built an aviation-themed attraction called Fantasy of Flight. He started building it in 1992 and opened it in 1995.
Unfortunately, hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane struck the Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana. It destroyed the Weeks Air Museum in Miami and with it, almost the entire collection. Some of the most valuable aircraft like Grumman F4F Wildcat, P-51C Mustang, AT-6 Texan, and Stinson L-1 Vigilant has been restored and they are now displayed and flown at Kermit’s Fantasy of Flight. He now owns one of the largest private collections of flight-worthy historical aircraft in the world.
Kermit Weeks is not only making and collecting aircraft, he also writes books for children. He published a couple of such books called “All of Life is a School” in 2008 and “The Spirit of Lindy” in 2012.
|Born:||July 14 1953|
|Profession:||Pilot – aviation enthusiast – aircraft collector|
|Net Worth:||$20 million|
|Married to:||Teresa Blazina|
|Education:||Miami-Dade Junior College – the University of Florida and Purdue University|