Lang chose Purdue because of its top-notch aviation program, and he continued to be impressed because of its challenging curriculum and supportive faculty. He fondly remembers operating United Airlines DC-8 and American Airlines 727 simulators, which prepared him for the life of a pilot. Lang is especially appreciative of the support of Professor Charles Holleman, who he says always believed in him.
As a captain, Lang is responsible for the operation and safety of a flight from the time the aircraft leaves the gate until it reaches its final destination. Lang must ensure that all details of a flight have been properly planned and executed. It’s exhausting at times, but he is energized by Delta Air Lines’ commitment to making a positive change in the world, which he says makes all the effort worthwhile.
This was originally written for the Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards in 2013.