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Remember the Pioneers who served with pride!

Name: Joseph R. Whiting Sr.
Airline  Eastern Airlines
Crew Position: Captian/Flight Engineer
Aircraft Served: Lockheed Constellations, DC-7B, DC-8 and Lockheed Electra L-188
Comments: Deceased

Name: Kent Haws
Airline: USN/United Airlines
Crew Position: Aircraft Maintenance/Support
Aircraft Served: DC-6, DC-7, DC-8, DC-10,B-720, 727, 737, 747 and Navy S-2's
Comments: Deceased, USN Veteran

Name: Wayne J. Jones
Crew Position: Aircraft Commander
Aircraft Served: EC-121T "Super Connie"
Comments: Deceased, USMC Veteran

Name: Thomas Brennan
Airline: U.S.Army/Brennan & Hargreaves/American Eagle
Crew Position: Aircraft Commander/Captain
Aircraft Served: UH-1A/Convair 440/SAAB 340
Comments: Deceased, Served in Vietnam

Name: Allan A. Leventhal
Army Air Corps
Crew Position: Aircraft Commander/Flt Leader
Aircraft Served: P-47, 113 Combat Missions in France, Italy and Germany
Comments: Deceased
527th Fighter-Bomber Squadron of the 86th Fighter-Bomber Group in the
12th & 9th Air Forces. Awards include Distinguished Flying Cross, Air
Metal with 6 Clusters, Presidential Group Citation with 1 Cluster and 5 Battle Ribbons.

Name: Raymond J. Madden
Company: Allegheny, Mohawk, US Air
Position: Captain
Aircraft Served: Martin 202/404, Convair 240/340/440/580,
Fairchild F-27, Douglas DC-9, Boeing 727
Comments: Deceased

Name: Patrica Poor
Airline: Prop-Liners of America, Inc.
Crew Postion: Administrative Services
Aircraft Served: Convair 240
Comments: Deceased

Name: Alexander C. Brown
United States Army
Crew Position: Aircraft Commander
Aircraft Served: UH-1A/AH-1G  "Cobra"
Comments: Vietnam KIA

Name: John "Jack" Cratty
Airline: Prop-Liners of America, Inc.
Crew Position: Research Historian
Aircraft Served: Convair 240
Comments: Deceased, USAF Veteran SAC

Name: Milton Marshall
Airline: Capital & United Airlines
Crew Position: Captain

Aircraft Served: DC-3,DC-4,DC-6,Viscount,B-727
Comments: Deceased

Name: William J. Bradshaw
Company: Pratt & Whitney Aircraft
Position: Aeronautical Engineer
Aircraft Served: P&WA Powered
Comments: Deceased, Engineered & developed the 1st jet engine Thrust Reverser at P&WA.

Name: Richard Bradshaw
Company: Kaman Aircraft Corporation
Position: Helicopter Blade Developement
Aircraft Served: Kaman Helicopters
Comments: Deceased, Design & production of rotor blades, wooden & metal.

Name: Wilber "Jerry" Sheehan
Company: Executive Airlines
Position: Captain
Aircraft Served: CV-440, SA-227, BE-99, DHC-6
Comments: Deceased

Name: John Genewicz
Company: USAF, Allegheny, Mohawk, US Air
Position: Aircraft Commander, Captain
Aircraft Served: C-123, C-141, CV-240/440, CV-580, DC-9, B-737
Comments: Deceased

Name: Sigfreid G. Sandos
Company: United States Army
Position: Communications Specialist WWII served Germany, North Africa "Bronze Star"
Aircraft Served: P&WA Engine Builder
Comments: Deceased, avid contributor & supporter of aviation

Name: Earl D. Bradshaw
Company: United States Army
Position: Combat Engineer "Wounded in Action" France WWII "Purple Heart"
Aircraft Served: Spencer Turbine
Comments: Deceased, avid contributor & supporter of aviation

Name: Joseph R. Whiting Jr.
Company: Northwest Airlines
Position: Travel Agent
Aircraft Served: Avid contributor & supporter of aviation
Comments: Deceased

Name: John C. Masterson
Company: Served in the U.S. Army, followed by a carrer with American Airlines, he was also a dedicated volunteer, serving weekly at the New England Aquarium, a member of the Conservation Commission in Westwwod, MA and a member of Prop-Liners of America and later the American Museum of Aviation.
Position: American Airlines passenger and freight service coordinator
Aircraft Served: Avid contributor & supporter of aviation
Comments: Deceased

Name: Clyde "Frank" Lang
Company: USMC Awarded the Purple Heat during WWII/U.S.Government/Pacific Southwest PSA/Transcontinental/Cathay Pacific/Easter/Lockheed
Position: Captain
Aircraft Served: C-123, C-60, Douglas DC-3,4,6 7, Martin 202,404, Lockheed 049, Lockheed 382/C-130/Boeing 707,727, Convair 880
Comments: Long-Time Commercial Pilot Also Flew Covert Ops For The U.S. Government

Considered by some to be one of aviation's most colorful pilots, Captain Clyde "Frank" Lang, passed away July 10 in Houston, Texas, after a brief illness. Lang, who grew up in west central Illinois and had a home in Tucson, Arizona, was 87.

After a long career as a commercial pilot during the era when propeller-driven passenger planes ruled the skies, Lang refused to give up his love for flying. Instead, he started a new life in his 50s as a pilot willing to take on dangerous flights for the federal government.
He was one of the first pilots certified by the FAA to use the four-engine prop DC-6 to fight forest fires. In dozens of situations, he flew his plane low over blazes to drop water, foams, gels and fire retardants for the United States Forest Service and the Land Management Bureau.

When he was in his 60s and 70s, Captain Lang performed undercover work for the Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Customs and the U.S. State Department by flying planes for suspected drug lords and illegal international arms dealers. His covert job required him to land planes in the dead of night on secret landing strips lighted by burning oil barrels in the plains of Mexico, the jungles of Colombia and the mountains of Peru. His undercover work helped dismantle or disrupt several drug cartels and illicit arms ventures.
Because he was certified to pilot many of the old propeller-driven passenger planes, he was sought after by Hollywood producers who hired him to fly in certain scenes of their films. He flew in such hit movies as Air America, American Graffiti and King Kong just to name a few.
Captain Lang was also a favorite pilot of celebrities who chartered planes for all-night parties to Las Vegas and other hot spots. Among the stars who called on him to fly them at the last minute to out-of-town bashes were members of the infamous Rat Pack-Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Through his Tinsel Town connections, Captain Lang became the personal pilot for Ronald Reagan during Reagan's successful campaigns for governor of California in 1966 and 1970.

In the early 1990s, when he was in his 70s, Captain Lang flew mercy missions for the United Nations in Africa. At various times, he piloted either a supply-laden DC-6 or DC-7 from Kenya to remote villages in Sudan in an effort to stave off hunger in the drought-stricken region. He also helped Alaskan fishermen get their catches to market quickly after he became the first pilot to be certified to land a DC-6 onto the sandy beaches of the Aleutian Islands. Fishermen whose boats were loaded with freshly-netted salmon would transfer their catches to his plane which he flew to Anchorage.
When he wasn't posing as a pilot for criminals or flying planes for government agencies and Hollywood, Captain Lang became the aviation world's most famous pilot of the Lockheed Constellation. Often called the Connie, the four-engine passenger plane was distinguished by a triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. More than 850 were built between 1943 and 1958 for use as civilian airliners and military transports, most notably during the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and 1949.
Upon the age of jet travel, almost all the Constellations were mothballed or cut up and melted down. In 1984 actor John Travolta purchased one of the few remaining Connies to save it from destruction. He later sold it to entrepreneur Vern Raburn, who hired Captain Lang to oversee a one-million-dollar restoration of the plane, which in its heyday flew VIPs for the Military Air Transport Service (MATS).

When he was in his 70s, Captain Lang was named chief pilot of the restored MATS Constellation, which was based in Avra Valley Airport near Tucson. He was also director of operations for The Constellation Group, which owned the aircraft. For more than 10 years, he piloted the plane at various air shows throughout the country. In 1998, when he was 75, he flew the Connie overseas on a three-month barnstorming tour, showing off the plane at air shows throughout Europe where aviation enthusiasts hailed him as a superstar.
He flew for the last time in 2005 when at the age of 82 he ferried the MATS Constellation to South Korea for permanent display at the Korean Air Museum at Jeju Island. He and his crew, which included his nephews Steve and Greg Arnold, departed Avra Valley and flew the northern route via Alaska. The trip wasn't without its problems. The heater broke shortly after departure, forcing him to fly with cockpit temperatures reaching minus 20 degrees. He and the crew stayed warm by bundling up in Arctic gear and using 150 little hand warmers bought in Anchorage. When approaching Cold Bay, Alaska, he discovered that the nose landing gear wouldn't lock. Undeterred, he made a perfect soft-field landing. He also had to deal with balky engines and malfunctioning instruments before landing the plane safely in South Korea on the final flight of his lengthy and storied career.
Few, if any, pilots had flown more in the Connie than Captain Lang. Of the more than 40,000 hours he logged in the sky in various aircraft, nearly 10,000 were in the Constellation.

Clyde Frank Lang was born in Roseville, Illinois, on April 13, 1923, and grew up on the family farm. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. As a sergeant, he received the Purple Heart after sustaining a serious combat wound during the infamous Battle of Peleliu in 1944 on the South Pacific island of what is now Palau. But he made a full recovery and went on to fight in Okinawa. At the end of the war, he was with the Third Marine Regiment that went into China to aid in the disarming of Japanese units and to assist the Nationalist government's efforts to deny land to the communists.
After his tour of duty, Captain Lang learned to fly and became a commercial pilot for such airlines as Pacific Southwest (PSA), Transcontinental, Cathay Pacific and Eastern. Among the jets he flew were the Boeing 707, Boeing 727 and Convair 880, the world's fastest commercial jetliner. It was after his retirement from commercial aviation that he launched into the second, and most dangerous, phase of his livelihood.
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Name: Aaron "Tim" Olmsted
Company: Lt. Col. USAF/Brennan & Hargreaves/TSA/FAA Accident Reconstruction Team
Position: Aircraft Commander/Captain
Aircraft Served:
Tim was Type Rated in the following aircraft;
Global Express, Citation Jet, Canada Air Regional Jet, Challanger, Convair 240, 340, 440, Falcon 50, Falcon 2000, Fairchild C-123, Hawker Jet, Lockheed C-130, Lockheed C-5, Chase YC-122, Sikorsky S-76
Comments: Deceased, Served in Vietnam

Tim was a rated Airline Transport Pilot - Single-Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land, Single-Engine Sea, Rotorcraft, Glider
Flight Instructor - Single-Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land, Helicopter, Glider
Ground Instructor - Advanced Instrument
Flight Engineer - Turbo-Jet
Aircraft Dispatcher

Tim enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a helicopter pilot serving during the Vietnam era. Upon his discharge, he then transferred to the USAF where he attended pilot training and began a long career in aviation. A distinguished veteran, Tim served in Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and during conflicts in Grenada, Panama, and Somalia. During his tours, Tim flew C-123s, C-130s, and C-5s. He was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and multiple Air Medals. Tim was honorably discharged as lieutenant colonel after serving his country for many years in the U.S. Army, USAF, and in the USAF Reserves.

Tim received his pilot's license on his 16th birthday and during his career he earned almost every pilot rating possible and logged over 12,000 hours of flying.

He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and he also served as a corporate jet pilot for U.S. presidents, kings and queens, and other politicians and dignitaries. He was a member of Ye Ancient and Secret Society of the Quiet Birdman, the American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans.

Robert A. "Bob" Hoover

World War II fighter pilot who became an aviation legend for his skills as a test pilot and for his appearances in air shows, has died at age 94.
Hoover died early Tuesday, said Bill Fanning, a close family friend for many years and fellow pilot.
"He was every pilot's icon," Fanning said, recalling his friend as one of the premier test pilots of the 1950s and '60s. "Bob tested everything. He flew them all."
Hoover was known for being the chase pilot for Chuck Yeager, who set an aviation record by breaking the sound barrier in 1947. Hoover went on to set his own transcontinental and “time to climb” speed records.

The famous General Jimmy Doolittle who was a pioneering pilot himself, called Hoover the “greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived.”
Hoover’s plane was shot down during World War II and he spent 16 months in a German POW camp. He escaped the camp by stealing a German plane and flying it to the Netherlands. Hoover became the backup pilot for his friend Chuck Yeager and flew chase for Yeager during his famous Mach 1 flight. He flew flight tests for the F-86 Sabre and the F-100 Super Sabre. Hoover later became a legend flying at air shows across the country. He retired from performing at air shows in 1999 at the age of 77.