Tom Gregory, III
Thomas Gregory, III is a native of Galveston County and began his association with aviation at a very early age. He took flying lessons at the Laporte airport during his high school years and was always out at Cover Field with his dad working on the Stearman.
After graduating from Texas A&M in 1980, Tommy was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He proceeded to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, for pilot training in December of 1980. Upon earning his wings, Tommy was "plowed back" as an advanced jet instructor pilot. After eighteen months, he was transferred to MCAS New River, North Carolina and the OV-10's of VMO-1. Tommy flew the Bronco for two years and was deployed to Okinawa, Japan and Korea during the summer of 1986. After seven years, he took a job flying for the U.S. Customs Service in Houston, Texas. This took him to Mexico and South and Central America, flying counter narcotics interdiction missions. Tommy continued his education at USC and the FAA academy, training as an aircraft accident investigator. He also completed his instructor pilot ratings and teaches single/multi-engine and instrument flying.
After 16 years in the workforce, Tommy now flies B-727s for Federal Express.
Tommy's interest in warbird aviation comes naturally. His father has been flying air shows for over 20 years, frequently flying with son Tom. Tom Gregory has been flying for the Lone Star Flight Museum since 1993 and is qualified on the B-17, B-25, F-4U, F-6F, SBD-5, P-38, AT-6, P-47, Spitfire, Seafur and T-34.
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