Tom Gwynne is an experienced, decorated pilot who has successfully
combined his flying career with the business world.
commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force in 1962
as a graduate of Brown University AFROTC.
completing pilot training at Craig AFB, AL in 1963 (T-33),
he attended Combat Crew Training at McDill AFB, FL (F-4). In
February 1964, he was assigned to the 555th Tactical Fighter
Squadron at McDill. Two years later, he was assigned to
Udorn AB, Thailand, flying 135 combat missions
over Vietnam in the F-4 Phantom. In August 1966, Captain Gwynne
returned to the U.S., first at Homestead AFB,
FL, and was then to the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing
at Eglin AFB, FL (T-29, F-4).
He left active duty in 1969 to join the Grumman
Aerospace Corporation, Bethpage, NY as a consulting pilot on the
Apollo Program. From 1970 to 1973, he was a member of the Air National
Guard unit at Westchester County Airport, White Plains, NY (O-2).
In 1972, he joined Grumman’s Flight Test Department and spent
the next fifteen years as a pilot for their tactical aircraft product
line, test flying the F-14, A-6, EA-6B, EF-111, OV-1, and Gulfstream
He was appointed
the Director of Flight Operations at Grumman’s final assembly
facility in Calverton, NY in 1989, and was transferred to their
St. Augustine, FL facility in 1994 as its Operations Manager. He
retired from the Grumman Corporation in February 1997.
Captain Gwynne has more than 4500 flying hours. He is presently
the Vice President for External Relations for the Cradle
of Aviation Museum at Mitchel Field, Garden City, NY.
Awards & Decorations
- Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster
- Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters
- National Defense Service Medal
- Air Force Longevity Service Award
- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal