lmml 14/32
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Ex-pilots For Presidents/CEO's

Wed Dec 05, 2001 12:09 am

What airlines, past and present, have/had former pilots as President, chairman or CEO? Ones that come to mind are TWA, Crossair and Continental.
Any more?
 
MD88Captain
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RE: Ex-pilots For Presidents/CEO's

Wed Dec 05, 2001 3:43 am

Eastern Airlines had Frank Borman. Not a former line pilot, but he may qualify for your list as a former astronaut. And of Howard Hughes owned TWA. I think the founder of Fedex was an ex-Marine pilot.
 
N1993R
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RE: Ex-pilots For Presidents/CEO's

Wed Dec 05, 2001 4:04 am

Continental? Going back to the Bob Six days I see a line of guys featuring among others Al Feldman, Steve Wolf, Phil Bakes and now Gordon Bethune, none of which were pilots?
 
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RE: Ex-pilots For Presidents/CEO's

Wed Dec 05, 2001 5:42 am

The last one - Gordon Bethune. I think I read here. OR heard it on the news.
 
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RE: Ex-pilots For Presidents/CEO's

Wed Dec 05, 2001 5:46 am

Don't quote me, but I seem to remember that Gordon was an ex-Marine pilot. (Maybe Navy?)
 
elal106
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RE: Gordon Bethune

Wed Dec 05, 2001 8:29 am

Gordon Bethune of Coair flies back the new planes from Boeing on their delievery flights to Co's headquarters.
TWA CEO would fly some flights from time to time and I know he was captain of the last flight. Saw a photo myself!

cheers
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RE: Ex-pilots For Presidents/CEO's

Wed Dec 05, 2001 9:17 am

Gordon is ex-US Navy but never worked as a commercial pilot. He is a licensed CPL type rated of the 757/767 and also holds (held?) an A&P. His industry background was primarily on the maintenance side at Braniff, Piedmont and Western and later on with Boeing. In other words, he is no more a *pilot become CEO* than Frank Borman or Dick Ferris was. The true *pilot* at CO is C.D.McLean who had almost 30 yrs at Piedmont.
 
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RE: Ex-pilots For Presidents/CEO's

Wed Dec 05, 2001 9:50 am

G. W. Bush used to be a pilot in the Air National Guard if I remember right! Now he is a president!
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