Clifton W. Curtis Jr. is an Airbus A320 pilot and instructor pilot employed by United Airlines Inc. He is a native of Pensacola Florida and a 1976 graduate of W. H. Woodham High School. Clifton attended Alabama State University on a full athletic scholarship for Tennis and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Clifton entered military service in 1985 and completed Naval Officer Candidate School in October of that year. He was commissioned an Ensign in February 1987. After commissioning, Clifton entered Naval Flight Training in his hometown of Pensacola Florida where he earned his Wings of Gold on July 10th 1987. After earning his wings went on to serve in San Diego California where he completed several deployments in the Western Pacific as a H-46 helicopter aircraft commander. His last deployment was in the first Gulf War as part of Operation Desert Storm. Clifton was then transferred to NAS Whiting Field in Milton Florida where he served as a T-34 flight instructor. After leaving active duty in 1994 he was hired by the United States Air Force Reserves and stationed at Duke Field in Ft Walton Beach, FL where he flew the C-130 for the 5thSpecial Operations Squadron.
Captain Curtis was hired by United Airlines in 1995 where he is currently employed. He has flown the Boeing 727, Boeing 737, Boeing 757, Boeing 767 and is currently flying the Airbus A320. He has been based in Chicago Illinois, Washington DC and is currently based in Houston TX. Captain Curtis has been in management, and is current a instructor pilot on the Airbus Fleet and has participated on numerous special assignments for United. He is also an interview Captain and is responsible for hiring the next generation of pilots.
Captain Curtis is the co-founder of the General Daniel Chappie James Flight Academy and serves as President and Chairman of the Board. Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. His activities include tennis, mentoring, and bike riding.
Married Pensacola native Lydia Lavette Curtis.