professional flight

Purdue alum honored to fly 'Shepherd One'

Tom Murray

Education: professional flight

Payoff: Murray was the first officer on all four legs of the chartered flight for Pope Francis’s tour of the United States in early October 2015. The assignment is the latest during a long career in the Air Force and at American Airlines. A decorated veteran of Desert Storm, he was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a C-141 Aircraft Commander. At American Airlines, he has been a captain on Boeing 727, 767, and 777 as well as the Airbus 300. He has also served as check airman and international standards coordinator on the Boeing 777 and Airbus 300.

Aviation students represent Purdue at EAA AirVenture

by Mark Thom, associate professor of aviation technology

At the end of July, 14 students and I traveled to the annual EAA Oshkosh AirVenture exposition and air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The weeklong international event is considered to be one of the premier gathering spots for aviators, aerospace companies, and industry enthusiasts from around the world, where over 200,000 people and thousands of aircraft typically visit each year.