Born in Detroit, Michigan, but considers Decatur, Alabama, to be his hometown. Paul graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1976. A defensive back, he played football as one of Shug Jordan’s 1972 ìAmazinísî that defeated Bear Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide (17-16) in what has become known in football annals as the ìPunt Bama Puntî game.
Commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 1977, he was later designated a Naval Aviator in 1980.
In 1986 he began Entrekin Aviation as a full time airshow pilot who performed flight demonstrations across North America entertaining millions of spectators and also participated in motion picture, television and government contracts in his MiG-15. In 1989 Paul accepted a position with Delta Air Lines. He has flown more than 18,000 hours in 38 types of rotary and fixed wing aircraft ranging from the BD-5J micro jet to the Boeing 777. He holds multiple U.S. and World Airspeed Records and is recognized on the National Aviation and Space Exploration Wall of Honor. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame and has received numerous civilian and military awards. His National Museum of Naval Aviation Flight Log can be found here.
Paul is an Eagle Scout, Scottish Rite Mason, past President of the Pensacola North Rotary Club, Deacon with First Baptist Church of Pensacola, Florida, a leader in the Gulf Coast Council of the Boy Scouts of America and serves on several boards of directors for other civic service organizations. He is the author of two books, Mighty Hands and Mr. MiG, has written numerous articles and technical papers and is highly regarded and sought as a motivational speaker. For more information regarding Paul’s writing, visit his website. An avid outdoorsman, Paul has hunted deer, moose, elk, caribou, black bear, brown bear and a World Slam of North American Wild Turkey. His wife is the former Lisa Goeller and he has four children and four grandchildren.