Trustee - Vice Chairman
Richard Stone is a retired career aviator acquiring over 12,000 flight hours in a total of nine (military and commercial) aircrafts. He was born in San Diego, California. The son of a Navy officer, he grew up in many different locations across the US, from Hawaii, to Boston, San Diego, Maryland and Rhode Island.
Upon completion of high school, he accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he competed on the Men’s Swim Team and medaling in the 50-freestyle. In 1977, he graduated with a degree in General Engineering and a Major in History.
After graduation, he began his aviation career when he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for training as a Naval Aviator in the T-34C and then on to NAS Meridian, Mississippi training in the T-2C and TA-4 aircrafts. Upon receiving his “Wings of Gold”, he was assigned to VT-23 at NAS Kingsville, Texas as a primary jet instructor in the T-2C Buckeye. In June of 1981, he received orders to VF-124 at NAS Miramar, California as a replacement pilot flying the F-14 fighter jet. After training, he transferred to his fleet squadron, VF-51, deploying aboard the USS Carl Vinson for an 11-month, round-the-world maiden cruise in 1983. Leaving active duty in 1984, he continued flying F-14s with VF-302 in the Naval Reserves at NAS Miramar. Stone successfully completed 315 traps on aircraft carriers before his retiring from Naval Service in 1997.
In 1985, he was hired by American Airlines. Stone checked out as Captain in June 1992, flying the Douglas MD-80, Boeing 727, 757, 767 and finally the 777 until his retirement in May of 2017.
He is the son of Troy E. Stone, a former founding Board Trustee and President of the Fusenot Foundation and Patricia Stone, also a former Trustee. Richard joined the Fusenot Foundation as a Trustee in 2011. He resides in Point Loma, California.