First Officer Johnathan Benton
Government Affairs Chairman

First Officer Johnathan Benton serves as the Government Affairs Chairman for both the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association and the Allied Pilots Association and has served on these committees since 2012.

He was hired by American Airlines in 2000, is based at Miami International Airport (MIA) on the Boeing 777 flying international routes.

First Officer Benton is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force’s Air National Guard for the State of Oklahoma. Having served more than 24 years in the Air Force, he is a command pilot with over 4,000 hours in the C-130 and KC-135. He was an instructor and evaluator pilot in both aircraft and has spent more than 750 days deployed in support of conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

First Officer Benton graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics. He is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) as well as an Advanced Ground, Instrument and Multi-Engine Instructor.

His hobbies include flying gliders. (Commercial certificate). He and his wife, Bridget, have two children, Nathan and Ashlynn Marie and reside in Mustang, Oklahoma.