Crew of veterans make up this year’s UPS plane in Thunder Over Louisville

Thunder over Louisville returns April 23.
Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 2:21 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Every year, UPS brings one of the biggest planes to the airshow at Thunder Over Louisville.

UPS is bringing the Boeing 767 this year, and the crew members all have one thing in common. Every member of the UPS Air crew has served in some capacity.

First Officer Sheila Hyde served eight years active duty Army and spent 17 more in the Air National Guard before joining UPS. In the Chair to her left, Captain Ken Kirk spent 14 years active duty Air Force and seven more in the Air Force reserves.

Hyde said it was an honor to serve and it’s an honor to fly the plane for Thunder over Louisville.

“This will be my first Air show and it’s Thunder over Louisville, so it’s huge,” Hyde said. “It’s a great opportunity. I’m so excited.”

Safety Observer T.C. Hensley spent four years active duty.

Safety Observer Captain Steve England spent 28 years in the U.S. Air Force. Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor Stephanie Lindquist spent six years in the Air Force, most recently in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Flight Mechanic John Greene is retired Air Force too. It was an early fascination with planes that got him into the field.

“It ended up being a week after I graduated high school that I went to the Air force and I got my license to work on airplanes prior to me getting out,” Green said.

After a brief stop elsewhere in the field of commercial flight, Green landed at UPS. He’s been there almost two decades. The plane he’s currently working on will be displayed alongside some of the aircrafts at Thunder.

“18 years later [with UPS] and the fascination with the airplanes has me here today,” Green said.

Thunder over Louisville returns April 23.

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