Larry T. Turpin began his aviation maintenance career in March 1958 as an enlistee in the United States Air Force Technical School at Sheppard Air Force Base, to be trained as a reciprocating engine mechanic. After graduation in July 1958, he was assigned work on several radial engines with bulk assignment confined to working on the 28 cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-4360 engine.
After separation from active duty from the Air Force, his work began as a Fleet Service helper for TWA in June 1962 and he maintained his Air Force Reserve status until February 1964. In April 1963 he began working for TWA as a aircraft mechanic and in April 1968 he obtained his Airframe & Powerplant certificates, to which an inspection authorization was added in 1980.
In March of 1982 he was promoted to the Airframe & Powerplant Inspection Department for TWA and continues to work in that capacity to this day for American Airlines. In addition to holding an FAA A & P certificate, Larry also holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, muti-engine, land & sea ratings.