Foundation Officers

Foundation President:
Zane Lemon
Vice President:
Rick Owens
Executive Director:
George Dennis
Captain George Dennis retired from American Airlines in 2005. George graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BS degree in Aerospace Administration. Captain Dennis joined American Airlines in 1978 as a Flight engineer on a B-727. He later checked out as Captain on the B-727 in 1985. He flew as Captain on several airplanes for American both domestically and on the International routes. Captain Dennis became an instructor in 1991 on the F-100 and later the B-737. He resides in Shelbyville, Tennessee with his wife Kay.
Captain Zane J. Lemon retired from the B-777 International flying after 30 years at AA. After leaving the USAF where he had served in Vietnam flying the F-4 Phantom, he was hired by AA in 1978, checking out as a Captain in 1988.  Zane worked as a Check Airman on the MD-80,  B-727, 757, 767, and 777. He also served as a Chief Pilot at DFW 1993-1995, and Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot at DFW 1999-2005.
Rick was first introduced to the DC-3 as a boy by his father, a Delta Airlines pilot for over thirty years. Like his father, he earned his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator in a career that spanned over twenty five years with a highlight of serving as Commanding Officer of an F-14 fighter squadron. Rick retired after thirty years with American Airlines having served in numerous positions including Instructor, Check Airman, Base Manager, Fleet Manager, and Chief Plot. He last position was flying the B-777 in DFW.
Foundation Secretary/Treasurer:
David Gorrell
Growing up on a farm in the west Arizona desert, it was only natural that David would choose the Navy to learn to fly, earning his Wings of Gold in 1969. After 8 years, 2 combat cruises, and 300+ shipboard landings he joined American Airlines in 1976. 29 years later, after flying the B-727, MD-80, B-737, B-757/767, and B-777, he retired from airline flying to enjoy summer and winter sports in Utah and the airshow scene with the Detroit.
Maintenance Director:
Jim Gentry
I was a mere tyke when my dad took me flying in a C-182.  He let me fly and I can remember to this day looking out the window at the sky and ground flying.  Speed forward some decades, I graduated from Spartan’s School of Aeronautics with my A&P and attended college.  My first love in aviation is WWII era airplanes so I have delved heavily into them over the years.  Rebuilt several Aeroncas, L-5, PT-19, etc.  Served as the winter maintenance crew chief on the B-24 "Diamond Lil." With a great volunteer crew we kept her in great shape for our 6 years.  One of the biggest thrills is to share the final engine runs with the volunteers and get them rides.  I have flown a bunch of cool stuff and am currently towing gliders in a Pawnee 250.  This marks my 25th years with American Airlines where I am Maintenance Supervisor on a Boeing 737 line.
Board Member:
Dave Buffington
Dave began his flying career during his sophomore year while attending Rutgers University. After graduation, he joined the US Air Force and flew the C-141 and B-52 during the Vietnam war. Joining American Airlines in 1977, he flew the B-707, B-727, MD-80, and the B-777. During his career of 28 years, he served as F.E. and pilot check airman on the 727, FAA designated-examiner on the 727, and pilot check airman on the MD-80. During his time off, he co-founded Pilot’s for Habitat, a local organization that built over 10 houses for Habitat for Humanity. He remains active in HFH building houses worldwide. He joined the Flagship Detroit Foundation immediately after retiring, and has many enjoyable hours with the organization.
Captain Tom Taff is an Indiana farm boy who graduated Purdue's Aviation School 1971 where he first flew the DC3 and DC 9.  He flew F27 and Lear Jets  for corporate operators and started with American Airlines in 1973.  
During Tom's 35  years at American he flew B727  747 75-767 777  DC 9 DC 10 ,and was a check airman on the 75-767 before retiring in 2008. 
He has been involved with the Flagship Detroit Foundation from its birth and loves working on anything mechanical especially old airplanes and cars.  His wonderful aviation career is complemented by an active church life, and vintage sports car restoration and racing.
Board Member:
Tom Taff