Cooper is a retired Delta Airlines pilot with a
military background. John was a navy pilot flying F-16s
carriers. He is from Marietta, Georgia. Along with Jack
Wrighter, John will be doing top cover duty for the first half
of the migration.
flight team mate Jack Wrighter says it is always interesting
to John when returning to base
after a migration leg: "John always
such as, 'If you lost your engine here, you could land
in that little field over there. It is almost as long as
a football field.'"