Captain Oscar Perry

Oscar Perry was born in Newark New Jersey April 23,1946. He graduated from South Side High School in 1964 and Bloomfield College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. In September of that year, Perry joined the Navy in Pensacola, Florida. He received his wings in 1969 and proceeded to North Island, San Diego where he became an aircraft carrier commander on E1B flying aboard the US Ticonderoga.

Perry began his commercial pilot career as a First Officer flying the B727 for National Airlines in October 1973. He also flew the DC10. National merged with Pan American World Airways in 1980 where he flew the B727, A-300 and B747. When Pan Am closed its business in 1991, Perry, still a First Officer, moved to American Trans Air flying the B757 in February of 1992.

Perry became a Captain on the B727 and then the B757. He was a supervisory check captain on the B757 and had ratings on the B727, B757, B767 and the B747.

Perry retired in April of 2006. He recalls his most memorable flight, when he flew Senator Barack Hussein Obama from Los Angeles to Chicago’s Midway Airport and their conversation in the jetway as he deplaned. Perry is a Founder of the Organization of Black Airline Pilots. 

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