Jay Smith: How did you get involved
with model aviation?
Albert Glenn: I was introduced to
aviation on my first flight from New
York to France when I was 3 years old.
My mother said I broke away from her
on the tarmac to get a closer look at the
Pan Am Constellation that we were set
to fly on.
From that time on, the love of
aviation has been my passion. It was
also fed by my father bringing home
plastic models until I was old enough to
build my first Control Line [model] and
obtain my first RC airplane.
JS: How has model aviation impacted
your life and/or career?
AG: Model aviation gave me the
foundation for my flying career and
helped the transition to learning to fly
a full-scale airplane. It was a wonderful
experience that allowed me to travel
around the world and continue my
hobby and passion
JS: What disciplines of modeling do you
currently participate in?
AG: I fly some helicopters and
multirotors, but mostly F3A [RC
Aerobatics] models. Over the years, I
have flown gliders, indoor RC, Quickie
500, IMAC [International Miniature
Aerobatic Club], and jets.
JS: What are your other hobbies?
AG: I love to fish, but I spend my
spare time helping young people
who have an interest in RC
airplanes and learning to
fly. A relative, who is a
Boeing 777 captain
at United Airlines,
and I have a [full-scale] C-172 that
we donate for
in the Shelby
Memphis, Tennessee, who want to learn
to fly. We are supported by fellow FedEx
maintenance employees who keep the
JS: Who (or what) has influenced you
AG: My father, who wasn’t a pilot but
a great role model, helped nurture the
seeds of my passion.
I started working at FedEx in 1974. I
met a man who was the quintessential
airline pilot who helped mentor me in
my flying career. Capt. Carroll Waters
watched me start my first flying hours,
and continued doing so throughout my
career until his retirement.
AMA also assisted in keeping that
passion. I could read about all aspects of
JS: With aviation being such a large part
of your life, how have you given back to the
AG: My whole life has been a blessing
from all those who have helped me, and
it has encouraged me at an early age in
the importance of giving back. That part
of my career has grown into a passion,
which is a gift in itself.
In the 1980s, I helped run a flying
camp in Tuskegee, Alabama, for young
people learning to fly, became an
AMA contest director and supported
a number of AMA events, and helped
start a partnership with the FAA and
the Organization of Black Airline
Pilots (now the Organization of Black
Aerospace Professionals) with the
introduction of aviation career education
academies, designed to acquaint 13- to
18-year-olds to aerospace careers and
their first time flying an aircraft. These
young individuals were introduced to
RC airplanes as well.
I helped manage three US teams at
the F3A World Championship, and
I help other teams with the logistics
of moving model aircraft around the
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Albert Glenn FedEx pilot
by Jay Smith