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Kathy Waymire
Kathy Waymire
Dean Grell
Friday, December 13, 2019


Ottawa High School:  1973

Kansas State Teachers College:  1973-1974


 At OHS, Kathy was active in Pep Club, Drill Team, FBLA, and was a Queen of Courts attendant.

Kathy earned her private pilot's license in 1976.  By 1977 she had the ratings of Airplane Single Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land, Commercial Airplane Single & Multi-Engine Land, Flight Instructor, and Flight Instructor Instrument Airplane.  In 1978, she earned an Airline Transport Rating.

Hired by FedEx in April 1979 at the age of 23 to fly co-pilot on a Falcon Jet, Kathy was the 7th female employed by the airline.  With a career total of over 10,000 hours of flying, Kathy has ratings as a Flight Engineer; type ratings in the A-310, DC-10, B-727, and B-777.

 Kathy has also been a simulator instructor, line check airman, and standards check airman in the Airbus.  She has taught Crew Resource Management classes and now enjoys flying international trips as a Boeing 777 Captain.

Active in her church throughout the years, she has done multiple mission trips to Kenya, Belize, and Panama.

Kathy and her husband, Clell, live in Memphis, TN.  Their daughter, Kelly, is a 6th grade teacher.  Their son, David, is a USMC F-18 pilot.