h3>Enshrined September 14, 2002
Fred Smith founded Federal Express, now known as FedEx, in 1971. He is chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, a $20 billion global transportation and logistics holding company. FedEx companies serve 211 countries with operations that include more than 640 aircraft, and about 95,000 vehicles. More than 215,000 employees and independent contractors worldwide handle an average of five million shipments every day. Headquartered in Memphis, FedEx is Tennessee’s largest corporate employer. FedEx operations helped Memphis International Airport become the largest air cargo airport in the world. A leader in regulatory reform, Smith has been an active proponent of global commerce and “open skies agreements” for aviation around the world. In 1976, Smith launched an airline deregulation campaign before Congress, the Department of Transportation and the Civil Aeronautics Board to obtain an air-cargo operating certificate for large aircraft.
Fredrick W. Smith was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame on July 21, 2007.
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