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Kermit Weeks was born on 14 July 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah USA, and is an aircraft pilot, collector and aviation enthusiast, best known for his efforts on vintage aircraft restoration. He’s competed in aircraft design as well as aerobatics competitions, but all of his efforts have helped put is net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Kermit Weeks? As of early-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $20 million, mostly earned through royalties, which he inherited and which help provide him the resources needed to pursue his endeavors concerning aircraft. He has one of the largest private collections of aircraft, and all of these achievements ensured the position of his wealth.
Kermit Weeks Net Worth $20 million
During high school, Kermit was part of his high school gymnastics team and around the same time, started his interest in aviation with flying model aircraft. He started building his own biplane at the age of 17, and finished it in four years. During the time he was building the plane, he learned how to fly and would later test fly his creation. He then purchased a Pitts S-2A to become part of an aerobatic competition. Weeks attended Miami-Dade Junior College, the University of Florida, and then Purdue University where he completed an aeronautical engineering degree. During this time, he was already entering numerous aerobatic flying competitions.
In 1977 Weeks built his own aerobatic aircraft called “The Weeks Special”. He was the runner-up and earned three Silver medals at the FAI World Aerobatic Championships held in Czechoslovakia. During the next decade, he would finish in the top three in the world five times, and win 20 medals over the course of his career. He won the United States National Aerobatics Championship twice and has also won several Invitational tournaments. In the late 1970s, he started to collect antique aircraft for restoration. His collection grew steadily, and in the 1980s he opened the Weeks Air Museum which showed most of his private collection. He then acquired a 250-acre site near Walt Disney World to establish the aviation-themed attraction Fantasy of Flight. All of these big endeavors are a sign of his significant net worth.
In 1992, the Miami area was struck by Hurricane Andrew, which destroyed areas of the Weeks Air Museum. Most of the collection had to be restored, and eventually became part of Fantasy of Flight, and is open to the public, thus maintaining Kermit’s net worth.
Other endeavors include being part of the Wings Over Houston Airshow, where he received the Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award. He was also inducted into the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame, both in 2008.
Weeks’ aircraft collection boasts over 140 military and civilian planes. His collection includes original models as well as reproductions of famous historical aircraft. He owns one of the four remaining P-51C Mustangs in the world worth $3 million and also has one of the seven Short Sunderland Flying Boats. These high valued aircraft have also added to his net worth.
In 2008, Kermit published the children’s book “All of Life is a School” which won him a bronze Independent Publisher Book Award. He has also released another book entitled “The Spirit of Lindy”.
For his personal life, it is known that Kermit married Terese Blazina in 2000.