The Ultimate Sacrifice

Since ALPA’s beginnings thousands upon thousands of ALPA members have served and continue to serve in the armed forces. Today, many ALPA members are on military leave serving their respective countries to protect the freedoms we are fortunate to enjoy on a daily basis. Although we are inherently aware of the history of how those freedoms came to pass, today, on the anniversaries of Veterans and Remembrance Day, please pause and take a moment to reflect upon those who make our liberties possible and remember our veterans—past and present, living and dead who served during times of war, conflict and peace.

In the past couple of years, we’ve been able to highlight a few of our members (current and retired) in Air Line Pilot magazine who have served or currently serve our countries and the airline industry. Please take some time to read their different life experiences. They allowed us to capture special moments or life events from ALPA members from Braniff, Delta, Sun Country, and United.


Captain Joseph Stella, Jr. (HAL) arriving at KBGR, taking part in a continuous practice of displaying the United States flag upon returning from military operations at Desert Storm.

 Delta Pilot Returns to Cockpit After Leg Amputation (Delta)

Braniff Pilot Refuses to Take Retirement Sitting Down (Braniff, Ret)

United Pilot Jumps with Vintage Airborne Unit to Mark History (United)

Golden Wings Past President Says There's Life After the Cockpit (Delta, Ret)

Sun Country Pilot Recalls Space Shuttle Days (Sun Country)

Going the Distance for Wounded Warriors (Delta)

Thank you so much for serving and keeping our countries safe.