Joseph “Mack” McMillan
As a young boy, Joseph “Mack” McMillan loved to watch the military rotorcraft conduct training missions as they regularly flew over his childhood home in Texas. Very early in life, Mack knew what he wanted to do with his career. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a CH -47 rotorcraft mechanic.
While serving in the Army, Mack attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL and North Central Institute in Clarksville, TN earning his Airframe & Powerplant and FCC licenses. Unfortunately, battle field injuries forced Mack to take an early medical retirement in 2006.
Continuing to pursue his passion for aviation, Mack decided to relocate to the greater New York area along with his wife. He accepted a position with a commercial airlines and also started a family. Mack has since worked for a number of major carriers in a variety of roles and positions eventually acquiring enough experience to become an instructor, focusing on modern aircraft.
In 2016, Mack received his Inspector’s Authorization while studying at Baker Aviation in Nashville, TN. He then decided to pursue options to work on vintage and military aircraft. Mack’s interests in aviation museums and air shows eventually opened the door to meet the GEICO Skytypers for the first time during an air show in Smyrna, TN. With the encouragement of his wife, Mack approached the Chief of Maintenance, Frank Atria, about employment options with the maintenance team. Joining the Skytypers has allowed Mack to complete his lifelong dream of becoming a warbird mechanic.
Mack and his wife have three children; Sara, Jonathan, and Joshua, all who share his love for aircraft and flying.