Positiverate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3582 times:
This is going to sound a lot worse then I mean it to. Also, I did a search on this and didn't come up with anything.
On the train the other day while connecting in ATL I overheard a bunch of Air Tran employees joking about "Forklift Joe". I asked a friend who works for Air Tran as a pilot what the reference to "Forklift Joe" was all about, andhe told me it had something to do with a rumor that Joe Leonard was in charge of maintenance at AA and developed the engine change policy involving a forklift that led to the catastrophic engine failure on the AA191 crash. Anyone know how true this rumor is?
N501US From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3377 times:
From the FL website:
Joe Leonard is chairman and chief executive officer of AirTran Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways, Inc. He joined AirTran Airways in January 1999.
A 30-year veteran of the commercial air transport industry, Leonard most recently served as president and CEO of AlliedSignal, Inc.'s aerospace marketing, sales & service organization. Leonard joined AlliedSignal in September 1993 to head marketing, sales & service where he was credited with improving customer satisfaction for the aerospace unit and leading growth strategy for the company. He was also a senior vice president of AlliedSignal, Inc. and a member of the corporation's Executive Council.
Prior to joining AlliedSignal, Leonard held a wide range of executive positions. These included chief operating officer for Eastern Air Lines as well as a number of key management positions at American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and the Boeing Company.
Leonard is a native of Augusta, Ga., and received his bachelor's in aerospace engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Leonard lives in both Orlando, Fla., and Minneapolis, Minn., with his wife.