The Rev. Glenn T. Black was my pastor when I was a sophomore in high school. I have valued his preaching, his counsel, his example, and his friendship. One of the joys of serving the congregation I do has been having him and Carmen, until her passing, in our midst following his retirement (an interesting role reversal). A few pleasant hours spent flying with Glenn at the controls as we traveled to or from a distant presbytery meeting will not be forgotten. Thank you, Glenn, for your service for your country and for many things!
His autobiography is something his family has urged him to write. Four Full Years was written first, followed by Country Boy, Retreaded, and finally, Winding Down. The autobiography is included here with his (somewhat reluctant) permission.
For an album of a few pictures of Glenn Black click here
Flying at 94
On August 16, 2018, Glenn Black’s daughter, Bonnie Nygren, wrote the following (reproduced with her permission):
Guess what Dad did today? The same people involved in Dad’s trip to DC had an event at Aurora Airport today and yesterday which involved a DC-3 and a Stearman. Veterans could go up for a flight. Dad had told folks at Marquis that he didn’t want to go because without doing the flying, he was not interested. Well, the director of Marquis, Marci, talked to some pilot or two and arranged for Dad to not only go but to be allowed to fly. (Many thanks, Marci.) So, today, the event took place. They did a marvelous job of helping Dad get into and out of the plane–a major concern for Dad.
The pilot gave him well thought out instructions as to how they could communicate when Dad was to take over the controls and how to communicate when he was done and turning it back over to the other pilot. This was a much more powerful Stearman than the one he learned to fly in back in the 40’s, so it was much more sensitive to control but the pilot said “He is a great pilot.” When you’ve got it, you’ve got it.
On April 26, 2014, Glenn Black was able to fly an AT-6,thus fulfilling a wish he had had for 70 years. For pictures, click here. Pictures courtesy of Jim Shotwell, the plane’s owner, and Lisa Persons, of Aurora Aviation.
“My Longest Day” by Glenn Black (10 MB, mp3 format, 62 minutes)
Mission 56 – June 22, 1944, B25 Pilot and Squadron Leader in WWII
A message delivered by Glenn Black at Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1982. Thank you to Terry K. Miller, a member of that congregation, who copied this from a cassette tape.
Audio of Glenn T. Black speaking on “My Longest Day” (6.4 MB, mp3 format, 56 minutes) to the students at Open Bible Christian School, Newberg, Oregon, on May 29, 2012.
Glenn’s father’s name was Matthew. Matthew’s father’s name was John, and his mother’s Margaret.
Front row: Matthew, Father, Amelda, Mother, Mary. Back row: Margaret, Tom, Anna.