Paul Gillis, Vice President of The AMC Museum Foundation, served as an AF pilot for 33 years beginning at Plattsburgh NY flying KC-135s. He then moved to Dover to fly C-5s with the AF Reserve, where he became “go to” guy if anyone had questions about the Galaxy.
He also flew a North American Saberliner as a corporate pilot out of Philadelphia until being hired as an Air Reserve Technician, where he quickly rose to hold the position of Standardization and Evaluation Chief, and then served as an Aircraft Operations Officer. When Paul retired he was Dover’s senior C-5 “test pilot”, flying check-outs of new avionics and flight control/engine issues. Paul mentioned that his wife of 30+ years, Carol, doesn’t miss the check-out flights or the flying missions where the airplane gets shot at.
When he retired from the Reserve, he joined The AMC Museum Foundation, was elected as Vice President. He immediately took over the reorganization of the program of memorial bricks and membership/donor plaques. Serving as our education director, he was the driving force in our Aviation Summer Camp Program, helping dozens of kids enjoy learning about aviation, including getting them their first flight in an airplane with Dover’s Aero Club.
He supervised the Foundations massive store upgrade process, hiring and monitoring contractors, and personally doing all of our telephone and computer installation. He’s frequently seen working on various projects around the museum, especially aircraft lighting. Also active at his church in Camden, he recently completed a huge project of adding lighting to the church grounds. Think “priceless”!