Glenn was top mechanic; worked on famous spy plane

Honoring All Who Served

Kingman High grad Gary Glenn made the most of his service to the country.

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Kingman High grad Gary Glenn made the most of his service to the country.

After graduation from Kingman High School in 1977, Gary A. Glenn began his Air Force career as a mechanic on the famous SR71 spy plane.

He quickly gained the attention of his superiors, and earned his Senior Airman stripe “below the zone.”

He and his family spent four years at Beale AFB, where the jets, in full afterburner, rattled their windows daily. After re-enlisting, SSgt. Glenn was offered the chance to retrain into his chosen field of electronics.

Months of school at Chanute AFB prepared him to maintain and upgrade the F-15, F-16, and F-15E flight simulators. From 1984-1990 SSgt Glenn continued his work on simulators.

In 1990, when the Air Force turned over its simulators to civilian contractors, SSgt Glenn separated from the full-time Air Force position, becoming an Air Force reservist, and reusing his mechanical skills, only this time on the F-16 fighter jets.

Simultaneously, he began work on the same simulators at Luke AFB as a civilian, while answering the call of duty one weekend a month and for two weeks every year until 1999, when he retired from the USAF Reserves.

Presently, Glenn is an engineering technician who maintains, modifies, and upgrades simulators for Honeywell Aerospace.

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