Enshrined November 11, 2006
John Ellington graduated from MTSU in 1956 and joined the U.S. Army as an Aviation Maintenance Specialist. In 1959 he joined Capitol Airways of Nashville and flew DC-3’s, the C-46, DC-4 and the Lockheed Constellation. He was employed by Delta Airlines in 1962 and became Delta’s Chief Pilot in 1988. While at Delta, Ellington flew the DC-6, DC-7, C-46 DC-8, DC-9, Convair 440 & 880, DC-10, Lockheed 1011 and MD-11. After 32 years at Delta and holding a variety of flight and management positions and flying as Captain aboard most of the aircraft owned by the airline during that time on routes around the world, John retired in 1994 and returned to Rutherford County as Director of Operations at Corporate Flight Management. Soon thereafter he was employed as Director of Training at America Trans Air of Indianapolis and later became Vice President of Operations. Ellington once again returned home to accept a position as Executive Director of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority. 1n 1999 he joined World Airways of Herndon, Virginia and later became its President & COO. He retired from World Airways in 2003. Still an active pilot with more than 22,100 hours of flight time, Mr. Ellington is Past-President of the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation and Past –President of the MTSU National Alumni Association. He continues to serve on the Advisory Council to the College of Basic & Applied Sciences which includes the Aerospace Department. John and his wife Barbara are sponsors of the John & Barbara Ellington Aerospace Endowed Scholarship at MTSU. Barbara retired after 30 years as a Flight Attendant with Delta Airlines. John Ellington is the son of former Tennessee Governor, Buford Ellington.
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