Captain Edward Horne

Edward Horne has flown all over the world during more than 40 years as a pilot and now is also working hard to pave the way for young African Americans to pursue careers in aviation.

Edward was born in Japan, where his father was stationed with the Army after World War II. The family also lived in Germany before Edward’s dad was transferred to Fort Lewis in 1957. His folks settled in Tacoma after his father retired from the service. Edward attended Stadium High School and chose Puget Sound because of its Air Force ROTC program. He received academic and athletic scholarships, playing basketball for the Loggers for four years. After graduation Edward was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He served on active duty for six years and in the reserves for another 17. He flew commercially for General Motors, TWA, Eastern Air Lines, Japan Airlines, and that “other” UPS.

Edward was the first African-American pilot for Japan Airlines and the first non-Japanese pilot to make captain with the carrier. Fewer than 2 percent of the commercial pilots in the U.S. are black, but Edward is working to help improve diversity in the aerospace industry. He has been a member of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals since 1979. “We wanted to collectively come together and make the commercial aviation industry more accessible to young, black Americans,” Edward says. OBAP visits career fairs and does a variety of outreach activities.

Edward moved to Louisville to work for United Parcel Service, and still calls Kentucky home. He retired in August 2013.

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