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John Skinner

John Skinner

John Skinner

John Skinner

Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18. The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were...
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Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

  Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx...
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FEDEX

FEDEX

FEDEX

FEDEX

FedEx chief Frederick W. Smith’s annual letter to shareholders credits three I’s-- investments, integration and innovation --for exceptional results in fiscal 2017 and the promise...
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Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Twenty years went by very quickly. As I approach retirement, I am ready to proceed with the next phase of my life. It has been a great ride. During my twenty plus years in the Air Force, I flew...
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Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

"Time flies when you are having fun." - so the saying goes. Time has flown by since January 1990 when I was hired. To all my colleagues here, I thank you for the camaraderie and professionalism....
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Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary passed away this past Monday, July 31, 2017 after a fairly long illness.  Gary was a long time Continental pilot, Captain, and LAX Flight Manager.  Gary was also very active in the...
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William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William "Richard" Evans, 71, of Memphis, TN was called home Friday, July 28, 2017 following a ten year battle with cancer. He was born January 21, 1946 in Chattanooga, TN the son of Ralph and Julia...
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Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

B767 Captain Mark Danielson #231874 (Seniority #1092) will retire from FedEx Express on August 25, 2017 and his last flight is FDX 851/11Aug17  PHL-MEM 0926 CT.  Mark would...
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Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers






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James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

Mr. James Allen Henderson, age 70, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017. A Memorial Service will be 6 PM Friday, July 14, 2017, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. The family will receive...
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Retirements

Retirements

Retirements

Retirements

MD11 Captain John Gabriele #219499 (Seniority #897), will be retiring from FedEx Express on July 15, 2017. His final flight will be FDX 137 EWR-MEM scheduled to arrive at 00:31 LBT...
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Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

I never knew Jerry and his crew got the DFC while flying the C-130 in Vietnam.  Jerry later got hired at FedEx and became Chief Pilot.  He retired as a Boeing 777 Captain and now...
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Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens, son of Rick Owens, was killed in an automobile related accident on Hernando Desoto bridge in West Memphis, Arkansas.  Our condolences to Rick and Lana for the loss of their...
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Pre-Need Preparations

Pre-Need Preparations

Pre-Need Preparations

Pre-Need Preparations

Burial in a VA national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, as applicable by law and were discharged under...
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Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne


CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR ROBERT L. DUFRESNE PORT ORCHARD YACHT CLUB JUNE 11, 2017 4:00PM
“May you always fly.”
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Phil Irish

Phil Irish

Phil Irish

Phil Irish



Phillip Irish will be memorialized on May 26, 2017, at 1:00 PM at the Church of Holy Apostles located in Collierville, Tn at 1380 Wolf River Boulevard.
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Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

It is sad that Captain Craig MacArthur lost his battle with ALS on May 9th, 2017. Previous to FedEx Craig had flown for Air Illinois, Florida Express, and Braniff. He was hired...
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Sue Mason

Sue Mason

Sue Mason

Sue Mason

When we look at a photograph like this these days we say, "Yeah, that's nice. Another woman pilot." But this photo wasn't taken in these days. It was taken in the late seventies and the woman is Sue...
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Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Beginning this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017, myNavyExchange.com is proud to expand our online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Military. This highly...
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Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Captain Fred Yates will be retiring on Tuesday, April 18th.  His last Flight will be  FX#499, MCO-MEM arriving 10:13 local. Please join us in AOC to offer him...

Tom Jenkins

Retirement

  • 29 September 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Tom Jenkins

After almost 29 years of service with FedEx Express, Captain Tom Jenkins, Managing Director, Air Operations Training, is retiring. In addition to his current job, Tom has held positions as Airbus Standards, Manager, and Senior Manager, Training. In each of these positions, he has had a fierce loyalty to FedEx Express, its pilots and instructors. He has flown the B-727, DC-10, A-300/310 and the B-777. He served for many years as an Airbus Aircrew Program Designee, and was the original Company member of the ASAP Event Review Committee. His time here at FedEx follows an Air Force career that included duties as a KC-135 Navigator, C-141 Aircraft Commander and T-38 Instructor/Evaluator as a member of the elite ATC Standards Team.

One of Tom’s key roles has been in the development and implementation of the Training Review Board process. Along with colleagues from ALPA, Tom has helpled mold the TRB into the model for the rest of the airline industry.

Fred Smith

Leadership

  • 24 September 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
  • Number of views: 8513
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Fred Smith

Fred Smith led in the early days by acknowledging the value of the many, varied levels of employees.  The annual company picnic and Christmas gifts of hams and turkeys were the easy and obvious elements of that recognition.  The quiet, non publicized contributions were much more important to me.  I flew a Falcon jet to St. Louis at a time it was unknown whether the company could survive to pick up the body of a janitor and deliver it to Little Rock, Arkansas.  That gesture on the part of Fred formed an opinion on my part that I was working for a man who understood the value of all his employees.  He has demonstrated that caring toward many employees and others who were in need on too many occasions to mention.  I think the employees responded to his actions by going above and beyond on behalf of the company's success.  My hat is off to all of you who performed so well to achieve the success of the world wide entity that continues to touch so many lives all over the globe.

 

Orbis International

Eye Surgery

  • 18 September 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
  • Number of views: 9435
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Orbis International

ORBIS International, a nonprofit development organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide, replaced its DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital with a DC-10 Series 30 freighter. United Airlines, with the support of FedEx Corp., donated the airplane to ORBIS. The $2 million donation was based on the plane’s estimated value and was funded equally by United and FedEx.

“Through the extraordinary generosity of United and FedEx, millions of people who would otherwise go blind or remain blind for lack of proper eye care will reap the rewards of advanced ophthalmic training,” said ORBIS Executive Director Geoffrey Holland. “The new aircraft will allow ORBIS to continue its mobile sight-saving training for 20 years. This was a truly wonderful gift to the world.”

 

Billy Dean O'Bar

Deceased

  • 8 September 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
  • Number of views: 9907
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Billy Dean O'Bar

Billy Dean O'Bar, 70, of Germantown, TN passed away September 8, 2016,
following an eight year battle with lymphoma. He was born December 6,
1945 in Paris, AR. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas, earning
a degree in Poultry Science. After college, Billy became a pilot in the Air
Force where he flew the F-102 and C-123 aircraft from 1968-1973. He
earned a Distinguished Flying Cross while serving in Vietnam.


Memories

Olden Days

  • 6 September 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
  • Number of views: 10121
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Memories
A Falcon memory....Those of us who loaded and unloaded the converted DA-20's (ALL F/O's & many Captains) dealt with an injustice which is rarely mentioned....you had to be bent over to work in the cargo area....no problem!...there was no air circulation back there...no problem.the sweat was dripping down your face.....okay.....the captain wanted to know if you had gotten the clearance yet? (after he returned from his smoke break ...again....not an issue....HOWEVER, there were a few ceiling lights with ill conceived & ill-fitting metal brackets holding them in.....PROBLEM!...when the crown of your head happened to come in contact with one of these fixtures, hairs  (in my case, very few!)  would be painfully extracted one by one!....there were always multiple strands of hair stuck in these fixtures which understandably never "de-haired"!  ...more assorted Falcon stories as time permits....there are many!        .Bill Kabel #1810 
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John Selberg

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of John Selberg.  He had a short struggle with cancer and passed away on September 1, 2016.  He will be missed by his many friends and family.  John was one of the early pilots in the start up airline named Federal Express.  John was retired from the United States Air Force before joining Federal Express.

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David Richmond

RICHMOND, Major David Hall, age 54 of Franklin, TN, died at home May 24, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father, Colonel Melvin E. Richmond. David is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jane Hart Richmond (Malli), as well as his son, Daniel David Richmond and daughter, Anna Mary Hart Richmond, all of Franklin, TN. In addition, David is survived by his mother, Mary Hall Richmond of Silver Springs, MD; his sister, Anne Camille Street (Tom), of Brookville, MD and his brother, Colonel Melvin E. Richmond, Jr. (Karen) of Dumfries, VA. Major Richmond received a BS degree from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and an MS Degree from Troy State University. Major Richmond served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, 11 of which he served as a tactical fighter pilot. During this time, he was awarded "Pilot of the Year" and selected "Officer of the Year" in Europe. After retiring from active duty, David went on to fly for Federal Express Corporation for 10 years. David was an active member of the Church of the Resurrection in Franklin, TN..  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection or the Mid-South Chapter of the MS Society for research purposes 
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Smithsonian Institute

N 8 FE, our first Falcon, was placed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.. It has been relocated to the large Smithsonian Air and Space Museum adjacent to Washington Dulles (IAD) airport in Virginia.  It was refurbished for the exhibit by Lear Jet corporation and flown to Andrews AFB by the founder of Federal Express, Mr. Frederick Wallace Smith along with the Chief Pilot at the time.  Clive Seal has given us a description of the crew below.  The READ MORE section has additional information from Greg Chappars.



Fred Smith and George Fraker flew the airplane.  I rode the first jumpseat while David Sutton of Aircraft Acquisitions was on the other jumpseat.  We all signed our names to the door frame leading into the cockpit where they were covered by insulation so as to not be intrusive.  The signatures should still be there. 

Clive Seal

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A Falcon memory....Those of us who loaded and unloaded the converted DA-20's (ALL F/O's & many Captains) dealt with an injustice which is rarely mentioned....you had to be bent over to work in the cargo area....no problem!...there was no air circulation back there...no problem.the sweat was dripping down your face.....okay.....the captain wanted to know if you had gotten the clearance yet? (after he returned from his smoke break ...again....not an issue....HOWEVER, there were a few ceiling lights with ill conceived & ill-fitting metal brackets holding them in.....PROBLEM!...when the crown of your head happened to come in contact with one of these fixtures, hairs  (in my case, very few!)  would be painfully extracted one by one!....there were always multiple strands of hair stuck in these fixtures which understandably never "de-haired"!  ...more assorted Falcon stories as time permits....there are many!        .Bill Kabel #1810 
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Billy Dean O'Bar

Billy Dean O'Bar, 70, of Germantown, TN passed away September 8, 2016,
following an eight year battle with lymphoma. He was born December 6,
1945 in Paris, AR. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas, earning
a degree in Poultry Science. After college, Billy became a pilot in the Air
Force where he flew the F-102 and C-123 aircraft from 1968-1973. He
earned a Distinguished Flying Cross while serving in Vietnam.


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Orbis International

ORBIS International, a nonprofit development organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide, replaced its DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital with a DC-10 Series 30 freighter. United Airlines, with the support of FedEx Corp., donated the airplane to ORBIS. The $2 million donation was based on the plane’s estimated value and was funded equally by United and FedEx.

“Through the extraordinary generosity of United and FedEx, millions of people who would otherwise go blind or remain blind for lack of proper eye care will reap the rewards of advanced ophthalmic training,” said ORBIS Executive Director Geoffrey Holland. “The new aircraft will allow ORBIS to continue its mobile sight-saving training for 20 years. This was a truly wonderful gift to the world.”

 

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Fred Smith led in the early days by acknowledging the value of the many, varied levels of employees.  The annual company picnic and Christmas gifts of hams and turkeys were the easy and obvious elements of that recognition.  The quiet, non publicized contributions were much more important to me.  I flew a Falcon jet to St. Louis at a time it was unknown whether the company could survive to pick up the body of a janitor and deliver it to Little Rock, Arkansas.  That gesture on the part of Fred formed an opinion on my part that I was working for a man who understood the value of all his employees.  He has demonstrated that caring toward many employees and others who were in need on too many occasions to mention.  I think the employees responded to his actions by going above and beyond on behalf of the company's success.  My hat is off to all of you who performed so well to achieve the success of the world wide entity that continues to touch so many lives all over the globe.

 

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After almost 29 years of service with FedEx Express, Captain Tom Jenkins, Managing Director, Air Operations Training, is retiring. In addition to his current job, Tom has held positions as Airbus Standards, Manager, and Senior Manager, Training. In each of these positions, he has had a fierce loyalty to FedEx Express, its pilots and instructors. He has flown the B-727, DC-10, A-300/310 and the B-777. He served for many years as an Airbus Aircrew Program Designee, and was the original Company member of the ASAP Event Review Committee. His time here at FedEx follows an Air Force career that included duties as a KC-135 Navigator, C-141 Aircraft Commander and T-38 Instructor/Evaluator as a member of the elite ATC Standards Team.

One of Tom’s key roles has been in the development and implementation of the Training Review Board process. Along with colleagues from ALPA, Tom has helpled mold the TRB into the model for the rest of the airline industry.

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John Skinner

Deceased

  • 12 September 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
  • Number of views: 505
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John Skinner
Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18.
The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were fostered by mom, Alberta (Pat) Skinner. The virtuoso excelled at USU, Logan and, after graduation, volunteered for Vietnam service in the USAF. After the war, the pilot began a long career flying for Flying Tigers (later, Federal Express). Simultaneously, he established the John Skinner Band. Skinner ensembles played fine music for thousands of California celebrations over several decades. The leader was also active in community. His efforts have supported Cazadero Music Camp (Sonoma County) for many years. His is survived by his wife Susan and daughter Kathryn Skinner.
The music never ends. Skinner's musicians will offer a celebration of his life on September 17, at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engel Rd, Carmichael. Anyone may attend. Downbeat is 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Cazadero Music Camp: PO Box 7908 Berkeley, CA 94707.

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Deceased

  • 30 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
  • Number of views: 1655
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Robert (Bob) Tilton

 

Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx after flying for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joseph Poston. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Connie Tilton; daughters, Tracy Poston (Hal), Amy Robertson (Dave), Heather Kerr (Brandon) and Paige Rogers (Jon); and grandchildren, Ben, Caleb, and Tabitha Poston, Jacob and Eva Kerr, and Peaches Robertson. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, patriot, and a die hard Tiger fan who will be greatly missed. 

FEDEX

2017

  • 16 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
  • Number of views: 1758
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FEDEX

FedEx chief Frederick W. Smith’s annual letter to shareholders credits three I’s-- investments, integration and innovation --for exceptional results in fiscal 2017 and the promise of even better future performance.

“FedEx has never been better positioned for significant long-term growth that delivers increased value to shareowners and a more promising future for our team members,” the chairman and chief executive officer said in a letter accompanying the annual report Tuesday.

FedEx achieved $60 billion in revenue for the first time, boosted by European acquisition TNT Express, and produced a record $5 billion operating profit, during the fiscal year ending May 31. FedEx employs about 30,000 in the Memphis area.

Investments include $1.8 billion in more efficient aircraft and related equipment and FedEx Ground’s addition of major distribution hubs, fully automated stations and other facilities to handle seasonal fluctuations, particularly in e-commerce.

Integration refers to the assimilation of acquired companies such as TNT Express, a key driver in an announced goal of increasing FedEx Express operating income by $1.5 billion a year within three years.

Innovation includes initiatives such as FedEx OnSite, an expanding network of pickup and dropoff locations, such as 8,000 Walgreens stores, that help control residential delivery costs while making services easier for consumers to access.

“While our residential e-commerce revenues are much smaller than our business-to-business revenues, it’s the fastest-growing market and requires constant innovation to make delivery to consumers more efficient,” Smith wrote.

His letter includes a hat tip to longtime lieutenant Mike Glenn and a nod to Dave Bronczek, who took over from Smith this year as president and chief operating officer.

Michael Hanshaw

Retirement

  • 16 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
  • Number of views: 1523
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Michael Hanshaw

Twenty years went by very quickly. As I approach retirement, I am ready to proceed with the next phase of my life. It has been a great ride. During my twenty plus years in the Air Force, I flew some awesome jets and worked with many outstanding airmen who were dedicated and committed to serve our great country. The second half of my career, here at FEDEX, has been equally rewarding. Every day and every night, you deliver on the purple promise whether it’s clear and a million or a CAT III landing in a snow storm. I am proud to be one of you.

I thank Mr. Smith for having the vision and tenacity to make this company a great place to work. My thanks to Capt. Steve Harris and Capt. Fred Patterson for their hiring recommendations. Thanks to all the folks that make this operation work so great, from those on the line to those in the offices.

Finally, I want to thank my wife Pat and my family for allowing me to pursue my aviation career. You never complained about the moves or special occasions that were missed. Coming home to you has always been the best part of every day. I thank God for you and the life he has given us.

Pat and I will retire in Hope Hull, Alabama, just south of Montgomery. If you are passing through and need a hand or a cold beverage, give us a call at 334-284-3054, or send an email to beauhan@aol.com.


Fly Safe,
Michael A. Hanshaw

Dan L. Delane

Retirement

  • 16 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
  • Number of views: 1486
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Dan L. Delane

"Time flies when you are having fun." - so the saying goes. Time has flown by since January 1990 when I was hired. To all my colleagues here, I thank you for the camaraderie and professionalism. It has been a pleasure to work in an environment where I truly looked forward to coming to work with such an august group of people.  Well, perhaps not at 1 A.M., but once strapped in the jet, the clock did not seem to matter as much as when putting on the uniform, just out of bed.

Be well and tailwinds, all!
 
Sincerely,

Captain Dan L. Delane

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