Lowell Whitten started in aviation upon enlisting in the United States Air Force. During his four years of service with the USAF, he served in Vietnam as a Crew Chief on a North American F-100D Super Sabre. For his service in Southeast Asia, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his efforts in the successful launch and recovery of more than 2000 sorties by his unit. Upon returning from Vietnam, he served as a Crew Chief on the “still” fastest airplane in existence the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird as a member of the 9th OMS at Beale AFB in Marysville, CA. During his time at Beale AFB, Lowell attended Sacramento City College with coursework in aircraft and engine maintenance in preparation for an FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate. He successfully completed the program and became a licensed A&P Mechanic before rejoining the civilian aviation industry upon his honorable discharge from the USAF.
Lowell moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in April of 1972 and started at Cutter Aviation (then known as Cutter Flying Service) and worked as an A&P mechanic for the maintenance shop and Beechcraft Service Center at Cutter. Upon obtaining his Inspectors Authorization (IA) license from the FAA, Lowell became Shop Foreman and Chief Inspector for the Repair Station and eventually took the position of Service Department Manager of Cutter Flying Service. In 1982, Lowell was named Service Manager of the Year for the United States by Beechcraft for his work and service at Cutter Aviation in support of the Beechcraft aircraft line.
Lowell Whitten was promoted to the position of Vice President and General Manager of Cutter Aviation Albuquerque in 1984 and has managed all operations at ABQ for the past 28 years including line / fuel services, the maintenance and repair facility, and the air charter satellite at ABQ. In 2012, Lowell Whitten celebrated his 40th year with Cutter Aviation.
Lowell is a member of The Executive Association of Greater Albuquerque and has served on the board as their Treasurer. He is also a member of the Aviation Maintenance Technicians Society (AMT Society).