A. King Lotz Jr. - 2023 Inductee
A. King Lotz Jr.
University of Delaware Graduate
Korean War Veteran
American Airlines DC6 Pilot
Captained BAC 1-11
Captained Boeing B-727

A. King Lotz, Jr. was a member of the Alexis I. du Pont High School’s Aviation Club. After graduation the University of Delaware, he joined the U.S. Air Force during the height of the Korean War.

He began Primary Flight Training in the North American T-6D Texan. By March of 1953, he received his wings and was certified to fly the North American T-6 Texan, North American T-28 Trojan, Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, and the Republic F-84 Thunderstreak.

Later assigned to the 465th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), where he became qualified and very proficient with the U.S. Air Forces front-line fighter, the North American F-86D Sabre. He then was transferred to Geiger Field, with the 498th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), where he continued in pursuit with the North American F-86D Sabre.

After the Korean War, A. King Lotz Jr. joined American Airlines. There he was qualified on the Convair-240, Douglas DC-6 and Douglas DC-7 as a co-pilot. In 1963, he had his first commercial jet experience as a copilot on the Boeing B-707(720) Intercontinental. In November of 1965, he checked out as Captain on the DC-6. As his seniority allowed, he became a Captain on the British Aerospace Corporation One-Eleven, followed by the Boeing B-727.

In 1972, he retired from flying as an American Airlines Boeing B- 727 Captain. He continued working in Aviation until he fully retired in June of 1989.

His family and descendants continue to serve our Nation and our Airlines, bringing great aviation credit upon family, the State of Delaware and our nation.