Bill Rodgers

Bill was born in Warner Robins (Macon), Georgia. His father was an Air Force Pilot, flying “heavies”, so he grew up all over the World. (Mainly up and down the East Coast, and in Europe).

It was while attending High School in Dover, Delaware, Bill caught the “flying bug” and started to pursue his dream. Bill say’s he can still remember getting up and being at the little airstrip with it still dark, having his preflight completed, waiting on the sun to rise so he could “get an hour in” prior to school starting. He then, was back after school let out to get a few more hours of flying. It was this commitment to flying that Bill had, which allowed him to earn his Private Pilot License in a C-172, in just a few short months and with minimal time, during his senior year in high school.

Bill attended college at Florida State University. During his four years in Tallahassee, he continued his love for flying. Bill worked for a rather large flight school, where he washed the schools planes in exchange for flight time. He did a lot “hanging out” at the airport, which gave him the opportunity to do a lot of flying as well. He was able to pick up a few additional ratings during those four years. While in college, Bill spent four years in the ROTC program, which upon graduating in 1988, with a degree in Economics; he was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant

Bill attended Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at William’s Air Force Base, in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1989, after completing the one year program where he trained in T-37’s and T-38’s, he was awarded his wings and was now a USAF Pilot. Bill was awarded his first choice of aircraft. Like his father, he chose to fly the C-141 Starlifter.

He was assigned to Norton AFB, in southern California, where he flew World Wide missions in the C-141. He commanded numerous missions during Desert Storm as well as the relief missions into Somalia. Next, Bill volunteered to instruct in the T-37, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. He was an instructor at Columbus for over 4 years, until he separated from the Air Force in 1996.

Bill has been employed with Delta Air Lines since September 1997. While at Delta, Bill has flown the B-727 as a Flight Engineer, and as a First Officer on the B-737G, B-737-800, B-757, B-767-200, B-767-300, B-767-300ER, and is currently flying world-wide “Ultra Long Hauls” on the B-777LR, out of Atlanta.

Bill and his wife Terri have been married for going on 27 years. They have 3 children (Courtnie, Sheldon and Alan). They all love boating, hiking, and just being outdoors. (When they are not flying!)

Ever since Bill can remember, has always had one true belief, which he has lived by. That is: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”. After 34 years and over 14,000 hours of flying experience, Bill still says he enjoys what he does. He says he doesn’t consider flying “work”. He say’s it’s more of a love or passion, so he loves “going to work”!

If you are interested in a career in aviation, come on by and ask for Bill.