Captain Calvin Janes

Captain Calvin Janes, Sr., retired, was recently inducted into the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) Founders and Pioneers Hall of Fame during the OBAP Annual Convention at the Trump Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla.

Janes retired in December 2010 after over 32 years as an airline pilot with FedEx Corporation. He graduated from Cedartown High School in 1967. He received a bachelor's degree from Tuskegee University in 1971 and he received a master's degree in business administration and human relations from Webster University in 1978.

After serving in the military as a US Air Force Pilot from January 1972 to November 1978, he was immediately hired as a pilot by Federal Express (FedEx) and moved to Memphis, Tenn. He upgraded to captain in April 1980. In June 1980, he was captain of the first all African-American flight crew at FedEx. In August 1987, he became the first African American check airman and instructor pilot at FedEx and in February 1989, he became the first African-American assistant chief pilot (ACP) and flight manager at FedEx. His last management position was ACP/flight operations duty officer.

While at FedEx, Janes evaluated, interviewed, hired, managed, and trained many of the pilots at FedEx. FedEx employs approximately 4500 pilots and operates a fleet of B727, B757, A300, A310, MD10, MD11, and B777 aircraft to nearly every continent in the world. Janes continues to work for FedEx part-time as a member of the pilot hiring and recruitment department.

Janes has served as president of the Memphis Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. since it was formed in 1997. He has been the Elections and Nominating chairman of the Organization of Black Aviation Professionals (OBAP) since 2001. He has been a member of the Collierville Police Advisor Board since 2000, and he has served on the church building committee and other community and volunteer organizations.

Janes parents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Janes of Cedartown. His wife, Ida Murphy Janes, is also from Cedartown. They have three children and three grandchildren. 

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