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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 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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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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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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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


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

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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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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...

John Skinner

Deceased

  • 12 September 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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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
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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

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  • 16 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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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
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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
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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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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.
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Roger D. Buehler

Retirement

  • 19 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Roger D. Buehler

A300 Captain Roger Buehler #32856 (Seniority #59) will retire from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016.  Roger would like to share the following:

"Contemplating my retirement this month, I sit here looking at my 'first' FAA License and notice that it was signed by Orville Wright.  It would appear that I've been in this business long enough, but I had no idea that it had been that long.  How time flies.  It almost seems like a bad idea to retire now, not only because I finally get my first choice when I bid, but I can now bid to determine whether I or my F/O spend the entire leg in the sun or not. But I digress.
 
I can say without a doubt, flying here at FedEx has been the most rewarding experience I could have ever imagined for myself.  And I've seen a thing or two.  We are now in a prolonged hiring phase, and seeing the quality of the new hires, I question whether or not I'd even survive the hiring process they must pass to get here.  There are some that would agree with my conclusion.  But it’s too late now. I expect to make it to the finish.

It just didn't seem right leaving without thanking all those that made this wonderful career possible.  From the ramp personnel that loaded our plane rain or shine, schedulers that told us where and when to go, (yeah, I said it), to my fellow crew members that always had my back, to our Maintenance Department who gave me the best maintained A/C in the industry, to Management that got it right more times than not, to our Volunteers from our Union who put in countless hours for my benefit, to Mr. Fred Smith for his vision that his people were important to a company, to my wife and kids for tolerating me and my many, many moods from too many Night Hub Turns, and to the good Lord for literally placing this job in my lap.  I wish I deserved it.  This list is certainly not all inclusive.  There would be countless others, like my fellow training department peers who really have our best interests always in mind.  Many of you know me, or have flown IOE with me.  If you learned at least one thing that made you a better pilot, I feel that I would have done my job.  I can't stress enough to “watch each other’s back,” whether you are on a long weekend layover or in the aircraft, look out for each other.  On the line, we all call this the Pilot Monitoring's job.  It may save you from a violation or something even worse, and could be the one most important thing you can do for your Line Buddies and yourself.  All in all, the important point is, the whole team made this career fun.  Please accept my humble Thanks.  I could never repay any of you for what you have meant to me.

In a feeble attempt to keep this short, which you can see that I've failed.  I have one more thing to say.  As is the case with most of us 'old guys', some have suggested that I only stayed this long because the company gave me a free iPad with an unlimited data plan.  And that's why many of us old geezers are staying so long. This couldn't be further from the truth.  To prove my point, I set up a GoFundMe account so you'll be able to contribute to help any retiree under 65 pay for their own iPad till they reach 65 years of age.  Think about that one.  (I am just kidding.)&n

Dan Ventre

Retirement

  • 18 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Dan Ventre

What I've Learned:

• To operate dozens of different shower, bath and toilet controls all over the world.
• To say “hello”, “goodbye” and “thank you” in 12 different languages.
• To carry about $1000 worth of 12 different currencies around with me for tip and beer money.
• After the 1st 3 hours of a 15-hour flight, garbage starts to smell like garbage.
• All 90-degree turns while taxiing a wide body aircraft are restricted to 10 knots but always made at 11-12 knots no matter how hard you try.
• All the exciting stuff happens in the last 100 feet.
• 90% of hotels put the shampoo to the left of the conditioner and body wash.
• I have favorite bars and restaurants all over the world populated largely by pilots.  Who knew!

Deep Thoughts:

• All people over the world want the same things as you but sadly most will never obtain any of them.
• We live almost like no others on the planet.  Be generous to those who treat you like royalty because they deserve it.
• To not take for granted the wonders we see from our lofty perches miles above the surface of the earth.  We are truly privileged.
• I'm disappointed that after 47 years of flying, I've seen no UFOs.
• I'm fairly certain that I have not repeated most of my mistakes more than once.
• That after getting used to your frequent absences, your family grows stronger and more independent.
• That a woman who stays married to a pilot for over 43 years is priceless!  Thanks Chris!
• To have a son follow you not only into your chosen field, but also into FedEx is humbling and an honor I can’t describe.


Seriously:

• We have the best corporate executives and visionaries who keep FedEx on the leading edge of world commerce, economics and profitability.
• I hope I have honored those who helped me join FedEx back in 1983.
• No one is really plotting against you. We live and fly in an imperfect world so make it work.
• We have the best-trained crews in the world.   It’s been an honor to fly and train with them.
• I hope I’ve lived up to the expectations of my fellow pilots.

In parting, “thank you” for your professionalism, enthusias

Rick Cressman

Retirement

  • 18 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Rick Cressman

MD-11 Captain Rick Cressman #214718 (seniority #919) will be retiring from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016. His final flight is FDX 857 IND-MEM on December 21, 2016. Rick would like to share the following:

"Well folks, I can not believe that it is time to hang up my hat on this phase of my life.  I really don't know where the time went.  I guess when you slice it up one month at a time, worrying about bidding for that next month and what your schedule will be, kinda sneaks up on you.  After 20 years in the Air Force, and almost 22 years here, it is time to move on to the next phase of life.  I will certainly miss operating the aircraft with the finest aviators in the world.  I will miss all the great layovers, and all the great sights afforded by having the best office in the world, with the best view ever.  I don't think I will miss the night hub turns and the zero-dark thirty wakeups, who knows?  It has been a great run, with no regrets.  For all that are junior to me, you are welcomed, you move up another number.  To my son and his wife, who are on the seniority list, in the 757, congrats on being selected to be a part of this great team.  My wish for you is to have a great career here.  To all whom I have had the pleasure to fly with, and train with, I thank you immensly for helping to keep me safe, having my back, keeping me out of trouble, and listening to my stories.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  You all have touched my life in a very positive way.  I also want to thank the countless thousands, who come to work each and every day to ensure that FedEx continues to operate safely and efficiently.  Because of your efforts, my job was that much easier over the years.  Good bye and God speed to all. Rick Cressman Diane and I will be staying in the Memphis area, our kids and grand kids are here.  Please stop by any time to visit, share old stories, and cash in on that home cooked dinner and a cold one.  Don't be a stranger.  I can be reached at:  901-674-9080, and, rcressman@me.com

Jimmie Deaux

Retirement

  • 15 December 2016
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Jimmie Deaux

MD-11 Captain Jimmy Deaux #215223 (seniority #940) will be retiring from Fedex Express on December 31, 2016.  His final flight is FDX 801 TPA-MEM on December 23, 2016 after 22 years.
 
Wow! Almost a half-century of flying surely goes by fast!  But, what a great ride!  Many thank-yous I owe for my chance to fly the "big iron" with you folks.  Spence Roberts, for getting me the interview and making up those stories about me being a "great guy";   John Hunt, for giving me a class date...he did admit that the company was hurting for pilots at the time and they were hiring anybody;  Vern "Duke" Barton and Larry Klawinski, for a great job in Flight Test;  Joel Murdock, for a place to hang my hat and store my flight bag in Strategic Projects Engineering; and of course  Mr Fred Smith, for helping me out with the prom dresses, college tuition, and weddings for my four (4) daughters.   Mostly, my thanks go to my wife Becky for setting her career aside to follow me through 20 years in the Air Force and almost 22 years here while taking care of the kids and everything at home while I enjoyed slipping the bonds of earth and exploring the world.
 
The only advice I can offer to you, my fellow aviators...first, take the time to thank those who are always there to support your "aviation habit";  second, always open the yogurt and the coffee creamers away from your tie;  and lastly, but probably most important, always remember how much fun it was way back in the beginning...when you strapped on the flying machine for the first time.  I can remember thinking I couldn't believe they were actually paying me to do this.
 
I don't have an airplane (remember the four daughters...), but I do have a hangar with plenty of room for my old cars and my grandkids...and for a gathering of my old flying mates who might enjoy a few cool ones and a chance to tell lies about how good we used to be.  You are all welcome at my place anytime.
 
For now I wish you all the best the flying world has to offer...I wish you a very merry Christmas...and I wish you blue skies and fair winds both in the upcoming new year, and for the remainder of your careers.
God bless you all.
 
Jimmy Deaux
Mad Dawg Captain

Bob Young

Retirement

  • 12 December 2016
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Bob Young

B767 Captain Bob Young #310982 (seniority #1708), will be retiring from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016.

My flying career has spanned over forty years and I managed to close it out without any accidents, incidents or violations, the pilot equivalent of a perfect game. I want to thank all of the Captains that showed me how to do it, the First Officers that helped me achieve it and the Instructors who instilled the necessary knowledge and skills. Knowing what I have learned during my time flying at Fedex, makes me extremely thankful I managed to survive my career as a Navy pilot. As long as I am thanking people I want to give a shout out to the Fedex Maintenance team. For nearly twenty years they provided me airplanes that were so well maintained I only shut down one engine. Some other Fedex employees that I seldom see thanked, but really appreciate their efforts, are the Memphis individuals who hump hundreds of heavy coolers up the crew stairs every night and the de-icing crews across the system that endure awful conditions to make our airplanes safe to fly.

My flying days at Fedex were cut short by about six weeks. This was due to a cardiac event known as an SVT. It caused my heart rate to go up to 190 and I came close to passing out. Luckily it happened at home with my family around and they were able to get me quickly to the hospital. It is a controllable and even correctable condition so we doubt there will be any long term consequences. The doctor told me that the two main contributing factors are too much caffeine and dehydration, imagine that! I guess I should have paid more attention to the Blue Threat lecture on those topics. When I flew my last trip I didn't realize that it was my last week of hub turns and didn't say any goodbyes. I take that opportunity now to say goodbye to anyone and everyone that was part of my life at Fedex.

Joy and I are look forward to spending more holidays, especially Thanksgiving together. We also plan to do a lot more sailing during the coming years. If you happen to see a cutter rigged sailboat named Liberty with a set of Navy Wings on the transom anywhere between Virginia and Florida please hail us and come aboard for a beverage.

Fly Safe.

Respectfully,
Bob Y

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