From fighter pilot to skeet shooter

Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 06:19 PM.

Sandestin resident Mark Devlin learned to shoot a gun when he joined the United States Air Force and during pilot training at Moody AFB in Valdosta, Ga., in 1974.

Devlin found that he developed an acute hand/eye coordination skill set during two assignments in Japan as an F-15 fighter pilot.  

On retiring from the Air Force in 1994, Devlin put away that learned set of skills and did not think much about it any more, especially when he began a second career with Northwest Airlines in 1996 as a commercial pilot. Northwest merged with Delta in 2008.

During his working days, Devlin can be found flying passengers through the friendly skies to destinations such as the Caribbean, Central America, and a variety of domestic locations on the Delta routes. 

As an active Delta pilot based in Atlanta, Devlin can live almost anywhere he wants and moved his family from Memphis to Sandestin two years ago.

After relocating to South Walton, Devlin met another former Tennessee resident, Kent Lillie, who also now lives at Sandestin.

On his way to the Air Force reservation in January, Devlin saw a sign announcing that Hurlburt AFB Skeet Range is now open to the public.



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