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Delta Bringing Team USA Airbus A330neo to Oshkosh
Delta Air Lines will arrive at Wittman Regional Airport on Monday, July 25, with an airplane that will be easy to spot, and not just because it is an Airbus A330neo. The airliner is one of those used in 2021 to deliver the U.S. Olympic Team to Tokyo and is dressed in team USA colors in celebration of Delta’s commitment as the official airline of Team USA. The airliner is one of those used in 2021 to deliver the U.S. Olympic Team to Tokyo, and is dressed in Team USA colors in celebration of Delta’s commitment as the official airline of Team USA.
The A330neo’s flight crew all come with impressive backgrounds and took different paths in their careers:
Captain Karen Ruth started flight lessons at age 15, before she started driving. She is a University of North Dakota graduate and began flying for the airlines at age 23 with Republic Airlines. For Delta, Ruth is now a Lead Line Check Pilot Instructor for the Airbus A330 and has been involved in numerous activities as a Delta Propel Pathway Liaison, Women in Aviation International conference speaker, Pilots for Kids volunteer, and a Delta Ambassador. She is the only pilot at the combined airlines of Northwest and Delta to be awarded the highest recognition awards as each airline.
First Officer Sheila Baldwin is a Wisconsin native, originally from the small town of Prentice in northern Wisconsin. She comes from an aviation family and flew her first aerobatic competition at age 14, with a safety pilot in the cockpit with her because she was underage. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Baldwin joined the U.S. Air Force at flew F-15E Strike Eagles and MQ-9s on active duty and C-17s in the Air Force Reserve. She is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is currently also a pilot instructor on the Airbus A330.
First Officer Ryan Endres is also currently an instructor on Delta’s Airbus A330 fleet. Ryan is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and has also been involved with the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program as a mentor and college liaison. He has two sons who are who are looking to follow in their father’s footsteps and pursue a career in aviation.
The Delta Team USA aircraft is scheduled to arrive on Monday morning, July 25, and be open for limited tours on Monday from approximately 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. in support of Delta’s presence at AirVenture. The aircraft will also participate in the Tuesday, July 26, afternoon air show.