Captain Albert T. Glenn

Captain Albert T. Glenn relocated to Memphis, Tenn. in 1972 to embark on a life of service and commitment to youth within the community.

A 777 pilot, Captain Glenn began his illustrious career with FedEx in 1974. In this capacity, he has served as Data Control Clerk, Master Control Supervisor, Senior System Administrator, Flight Duty Officer, Chief Pilot of Flight Operation and Administration, and Managing Director of Global Flight Operations for FedEx Express Corporation. With more than 18,000 flight hours, Captain Glenn is qualified to pilot B777, MD11, DC10 and B727 aircrafts. Prior to his flying career with Memphis-based FedEx, Capt. Glenn cultivated his lifelong interest in aviation as an instrument and multi-engine flight instructor, 135-charter pilot, and in aircraft sales.

Captain Glenn first joined the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (then called Organization of Black Airline Pilots) in 1983. He served on the OBAP Board of Directors in 1985 and then as Chairman of the Board for the organization in 2004 and again in 2010 and Chair of the Board of Advisors in 2011. Captain Glenn is credited with leading the establishment of Project Aerospace and positioning Memphis as a Center of Excellence for OBAP, where aviation programming is accessible and affordable for youth at every age level through strengthened community and corporate partnerships. Collectively, through the annual Memphis ACE Academy, sUAS Academy, Solo Flight Academy, Girls to Women and Boys to Men workshops, a partnership with the National Flight Academy, the establishment of Wooddale High School's aviation program and East High School's T-STEM Academy, OBAP has reached thousands of youth over the past 26 years in Memphis under Captain Glenn's leadership.

Now, as an Advisor to OBAP, Captain Glenn led the establishment of the Lieutenant Colonel Luke Weathers Flight Academy (LWFA) in summer 2018 in Olive Branch, Miss., just minutes from Memphis. Through longstanding community relationships, the LWFA will train aspiring aviators of color and increase diversity in the industry by 50 pilots per year under his direction. His membership in Tuskegee Airmen Inc., and affiliation with nearly every community-based aviation organization also serve as valuable partners towards achieving this mission and Captain Glenn's unwavering commitment to youth.

As an avid model plane aviator, Captain Glenn served as Associate Vice President for the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), USA F3A Aerobatic Team Manager from 2007 - 2011 and Event Director for AMA Pattern Nationals from 2016 - 2018. He has also served as a Director on the Board of Professional Aviation Board of Certification (PABC) and as Chair of the Aviation Advisory Board at Western Michigan University.

Captain Glenn's infectious passion for aviation has spread to nearly everyone he's impacted throughout his admirable career. Captain Glenn's wife is a manager at FedEx. He is also the father of three sons, an MD11Captain and Instructor at FedEx, an Event Planner and his youngest son is a Director of Flight Operations and the first African American to compete on USA's F3A World Team flying UAVs (drones).

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