He obtained his Private Pilot SEL certificate on July 12, 1970 in Big Spring Texas while at USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT). Upon graduation from UPT he was granted a Commercial MEL (CLT) certificate. He served a total of 20 years in the Air Force. His first assignment was flying the Fairchild C-123K in Southeast Asia followed by an assignment as a Cessna T-37B instructor at UPT. His next assignment was as a student at the Air Force Institute of Technology located at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. While there he earned a MS in Aeronautical Engineering and received a follow-on assignment with the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory at Wright-Patterson. His last two assignments in the Air Force were flying the Lockheed C-5A/B, first at Travis AFB, CA as a pilot and then instructor and then at Altus AFB, OK as a flight examiner and Chief of Standardization for the C-5 training squadron.
Upon retirement from the USAF he was hired by Northwest Airlines and flew for them for 22 years. He was a Flight Engineer on the Boeing 727 and 747, a First Officer (co-pilot) on the Boeing 747-200, 747-400 and the Airbus A-330 and a Captain on the Airbus A-320.
Tracy has owned one or more Globe/Temco Swifts since 1972. His first was a 145 HP version which he flew and maintained for 36 years. His current Swift is powered by a 195 HP Continental IO-360-KB. Learn more about his aircraft our website’s Member Aircraft/Project Section.
Tracy holds ATP (ME), COMM (SEL), CFII, MEI, FE and A&P certificates. He is a Lifetime Member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, an EAA Young Eagle Pilot, EAA Eagle Mentor Pilot, EAA Techincal Counselor and and EAA Flight Advisor.
He operates Sierra Web Solutions, LLC., a website design firm specializing in WordPress-based websites for small businesses.