|A personal note: I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to care for and preserve Captain Shoop's items, and preserve his history as a military
and civilian aviator. It is a pleasure to be able to share his history so that others will know of his service, skill and dedication as both a military
and a civilian pilot. Aside from his wartime service, one can only imagine the number of civilians who unknowingly trusted Captain Shoop to
transport them from one location to the other. I doubt that they had any idea what a fascinating pilot was at the controls, and few gave thought
to the tremendous amount of skill which took them safely to their destinations time after time.
Many items from Mr. Shoop's past were sold off during an estate sale following his passing. Many of his photos were separated from the rest of
his items, possibly forever lost. If anyone has any photographs or other items from Mr. Shoop's estate, I would be interested in hearing from
you. I would like to see as many of his items remain together as possible, to tell his history in as much detail as possible.
In conducting research on Captain Shoop's past, I came across several websites displaying his obituary, and a few which contained a brief
slide show displaying photographs throughout his life. He appeared to be a warm and caring man, happy and surrounded by a loving family.
Although I know the few items shown here do not encompass all of the items from his aviation career, I am tremendously honored to be able to
care for and preserve the few items which are contained here on this page. This page is dedicated to Captain Shoop, his service as a United
States Army Air Corps aviator and a dedicated civilian airline Captain.
|This page was created to display a number of items in my private collection which once belonged to Captain Glenn Powell Shoop. Sadly, Mr. Shoop
passed away on April 24th, 2011. (The items displayed here are part of my private, permanent collection, and are not for sale.)
Glenn Powell Shoop was born on September 1st, 1920 in Gracemont, Oklahoma. Shoop grew up in Gracemont and graduated from Gracemont High
School in 1938. Shoop then moved on to continue his education at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Oklahoma. During his time in the
University of Oklahoma, Shoop became involved with the R.O.T.C., serving three and a half years as an R.O.T.C. member. On November 5, 1940,
Shoop began his Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) at the University of Oklahoma, operated by Burke Flying Services, in Norman.
During his college days as a Sooner, Shoop worked a number of odd jobs, but one job in particular would have an effect on the remainder of his life.
Shoop took a job working for Oklahoma University president emeritus Dr. William Bennett Bizzell, and his wife. Shoop was hired to drive them cross
country in the couples brand new Packard. Aside from enjoying his time with Bizzell's, Shoop's association with the Bizzell's would lead to his
introduction to another key figure during his life, Tom Braniff.
|Following his military service, Shoop would go on to become an airline pilot for Braniff International Airways, which served customers from its
founding in 1928 to 1992. Having started as a short-haul regional carrier, Braniff would grow into one of the world's largest airlines, and the
corporation would foster a relationship among its employees and customers that is second to none. Even today, nearly 20 years after it stopped
being an active airlines, Braniff employee and appreciation websites can easily be found on the internet. From its original route of Tulsa to Oklahoma
City, Braniff would continue to grow and would be the only US airline to ever operate the supersonic Concorde. And Braniff's first Captain of a
Concorde flight would be Glenn Powell Shoop.
Captain Shoop began his career with Braniff Airlines/Airways on March 15, 1946. Of the several flight logs that he maintained and that are now part of
my collection, the one shown below records his earliest flight with Braniff, on March 6, 1946, most likely being a series of check rides prior to being
hired. Interesting to note is that the log covers a period from March 6, 1946 to October 30, 1946. The book itself isn't a flight log, but a small bank
|Captain Glenn Powell Shoop
United States Army Air Corps Aviator - Concorde Pilot
|On September 14th, 1942, Shoop left the University of Oklahoma and entered into the United States Army Air Corps to serve his country during its
time of war. One can only imagine the sense of patriotism and pride he felt, entering into the armed forces of the United States, just 9 months after
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. With his CPTP training, there is little doubt that Shoop yearned to be a military pilot.
Shoop received his commission in the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 as a first lieutenant, and found himself stationed with the Air Transport
Command at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. During that same year, he married his loving wife, Louise on March 19th. They would remain married for
61 years. On January 24th, 1944, Shoop received a promotion from lieutenant to captain.
|Above: Shoop's October 1951 dated Medical Certificate for Airline pilots. This is just one of many of Shoop's certificates which cover the 1950's, and
Shoop's CAA Temporary Airman Certificate dated October 1951. Of interest is the number of ratings Shoop's held at the time, including multi-engine,
commercial privileges, single engine land and flight instructor - airplane.
|Below you will find other websites which may be of interest, relating to
Captain Shoop, Braniff, and the Concorde:
|On January 12, 1979, with Captain Shoop at the controls of British Airways Concorde G-BOAE (N94AE), an Air France Concorde and the Concorde
flown by Shoop made a simultaneous, side by side landing on parallel runways at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The two Concordes made their approach
side by side from the east, of service by the supersonic Concorde between Dallas/Forth Worth Airport and the European continent by Braniff Airlines.
On June 1st, 1982, Braniff filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Shoop along with other Braniff pilots, and the owner of the Hyatt Corporation, banded
together and resurrected Braniff, with Shoop sitting on the Board of Directors. Braniff resumed flight operations again in 1984 with a new look and
fares which were considered low and competitive. The Braniff family of employees were enthusiastic and the company appeared to have the support
of the public. After displaying brief profits, Braniff would again file for bankruptcy in 1989. Shoop would later be named as a member of the Braniff
International Silver Eagles.
|Above: A page from Captain Shoop's flight log covering the period between January 1st,
1948 and August 24th, 1949. This page shows a number of flight made between October
20th and October 27th, 1948 by Captain Shoop.
|Shoop's CPTP student pilot rating book, with a start date of
November 2, 1940, and an early T-17 microphone, complete with
inspections stamps and its full cord and plug. In the flight log, the
instructor pilot notes that Shoop is "very eager, full of questions
and catches on quick."
|Left: A seldom seen Pilot Qualification Record from the
Ferrying Division of the Air Transport Command. This booklet
provides information relating to the qualifications Shoop
attained during his time with the Air Transport Command. The
booklet shows that Shoop was qualified in and logged flight
time in the following aircraft: C-54 (69.25 hours), B-29 (170.40
hours), B-24 (585.40 hours), B-17 (198.30 hours), AT-11 (1.5
hours), AT-9 (3 hours), UC-78 (3 hours), UC-61 (unk. hours),
AT-6 (34.40 hours), PT-17 (45.15 hours), PQ-8 (8.5 hours), and
qualifying time in the Link Trainer.
The booklet also shows that Shoop served with the 5th Ferry
Group with dates and flights logged between early 1943 to late
|Above: A series of eleven of Shoop's flight logs, which record every flight he made for Braniff between
January 1, 1948 and December 9, 1960. A page from the first log is shown above. During his time with
Braniff, Shoop had ratings for the following aircraft: B-707, B-720, B-727, Concorde, CV-240, CV-340,
CV-440, DC-3, DC-6 /DC-7, DC-8, and L-188.
| Shoop's wartime Army Air Corps shirt and issue Mae
West. Both items show heavy wear and use, but still
retain clear markings and readable manufacturers
tags. Shoop's Mae West is a type B-4 "Mae West" dated
Mar 15, 1943 and manufactured by the United States
Rubber Company. The B-4 vest is well marked and has
"G.P. Shoop" in several places on both the front and
reverse sides of the vest.
|Above: Shoop's A-10A summer weight flying
helmet, manufactured by the Bates Shoe
Comany. The A-10A was introduced in 1943 as
a replacement for the A-8 and A-9 flight
helmets, but was replaced months later by the
AN-H-15 (which was very slightly different in
appearance and intended for both Army and
|Above: Shoop's pre-war Civilian Pilot Training
side cap. This is a beautiful, rare example of
this side cap, sized at 7 1/8 and showing little
|Above: Shoop's original wartime era leather
pilots license wallet, with a close-up above
showing Shoop's name embossed on the
inside portion of the wallet. The wallet is
displayed with Shoop's original pair of
Service Pilot wings, appropriately marked
from Meyer of New York.
|Air Transport leather patch. The leather patch
is in exceptional condition, and has never been
applied to a jacket.