Captain Raymond Dothard

Raymond Dothard graduated from Tuskegee Institute in 1964 with a degree in Chemistry and a commission in the United States Air Force. While attending Tuskegee, he was taught to fly in the Flight Instruction Program facilitated by C. Alfred “Chief ” Anderson.

Dothard completed USAF pilot training in February 1966. He flew a combat tour in Vietnam in F4C’s from September 1966 to June 1967. Dothard departed the Air Force in January 1971 and joined Eastern Airlines as a pilot. He was an Eastern Airlines flight officer from January 1971 to June 1989. Dothard became a captain for Trump Shuttle in June of1989 until April 1992. He went on to fly as a captain for US Airways in April 1992 until December 2001.

Military flying expanded from November 1964 until September 1992. This included six and a half years with the active Air Force and the remainder with the Air National Guard. Over a 27 year period some of the military fighter jets he flew were F4c, F102, F101, F106 and F16.

Some leadership positions held by Dothard included Check Airman, Chief Pilot, US Airways, Squadron Commander and State Director of Operations for the New Jersey Air National Guard. He recalls one of the highlights of his career as a captain for Trump Shuttle, he flew the seven- day Nelson Mandela Freedom Charter in June 1990.

Dothard has been an avid supporter of OBAP from the beginning. He has served as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors. 

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