William “Bill” Kleinhenz was born August 24, 1943 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio to William Joseph Kleinhenz, born May 7, 1917 and Irene Kleinhenz, born January 16, 1921.
Bill entered the USAF through the AFROTC program at Kent State University. On June 16, 1967, he reported as a 2nd Lieutenant to Del Rio AFB, Texas for a “53 week” year of intense pilot training. The year in pilot training was the start to a 20-year career; retiring in September 1, 1987 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The following list details the assignments and positions he held.
During his career in the Air Force, Bill was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal and other decorations.
In August 1987, Bill was employed by American Airlines as a flight engineer on the Boeing 727 aircraft. Shortly after receiving his wings, Bill and Linda built their house in Raleigh, NC. In May 1990, Bill upgraded to copilot on the 727. In Feb 1995, he retrained as a copilot on the McDonnell Douglas Super 80 aircraft and started flying out of Chicago O’Hare airport. In September 1999, he moved to Greenland, NH and upgraded to Captain on the Super 80 aircraft. Bill’s last flight was flown on 2 Oct 2002
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