We would like to thank Delta Air Lines Captain Rory Mitchner for an outstanding presentation. Rory Mitchner was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from William M. Raines High School, then attended the University of Florida. Upon graduation, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics, Cadet Mitchner also completed the AFROTC program and was Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Following his college graduation, and before departing for his first duty station, Lieutenant Mitchner married his college sweetheart, Carol McGeathey.
Lt. Mitchner’s first assignment was as a B-52 Navigator with the 596th Bomber Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, in Bossier, LA. In 1988, Lt. Mitchner was promoted to the rank of Captain and was selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Williams Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ. Captain Mitchner completed UPT at Williams Air Force Base in February, 1992 and was assigned to the Mississippi Air National Guard (MANG) in Jackson, MS, flying the C-141B aircraft. He spent 8 years with the MANG where he flew over 4000 hours as a Co-pilot, First Pilot and Aircraft Commander. Some of his most memorable missions included flying medical evacuation patients, hurricane relief, and military missions world-wide.
On December 1, 1997, Rory Mitchner was hired, as a pilot, by Northwest Airlines. At Northwest Airlines he flew as a First Officer on the DC-9, Airbus 320/319 and the Boeing 767-400. In August of 2014, Rory became a Captain on the Airbus 320, and he is currently based in New York, NY. Again, he volunteers his time by working with Professional Standards; which functions as a liaison between the pilot group and airline management.
Rory has been a member of the Organization of Black Airline pilots, (OBAP), since 1992 and was the Southeast Region Vice President from 2002 to 2006. Since OBAP’s goals are to enhance, advance, and promote education opportunities in aviation, following his term as Regional VP, Rory created, developed and served in the position of OBAP Information Officer from 2006 to 2008.
Rory also served as Vice President of the Memphis Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. And to further introduce youngsters to aviation careers, he Chaired and Co-Chaired the Aviation Youth Luncheon, which served over 250 youngsters annually. In addition to his Aviation Youth Luncheon, Captain Mitchner also developed the Pilots-in-Schools Program in the Memphis Area from 2008 to 2014.
Rory and Carol moved back to Jacksonville in 2014 and “hit the ground running” by giving back to his High School and community.