This is furthermore reason why I was fascinated when I met FedEx pilot Gerry Dupree during last summer’s Olympics in London. This Tennessee native has been to over 75 different countries and has flown cargo ranging from standard parcels to live dolphins. Below I take a dive into his life and experiences as an African-American pilot.
Dupree: I realized at a young age that I wanted a career in aviation. I did not know it would lead to a career in the cockpit, but like most young men, I was always fascinated about flying. I grew up near a small airport in Jackson, Tenn. and would spend hours looking at the planes as they flew by.
Dupree: I did not know anyone who flew or worked in aviation when I was in school. However, I was always good in school in math and science. So when I was fortunate enough to receive an academic scholarship to Tennessee State University, I majored in Aeronautics to pursue my love of aviation.