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Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:10 pm

Legendary aviation historian Jon Proctor passed away last night, after a brief illness.

Jon's first job in the airline industry was as a reservations agent for PSA. He spent most of his career at TWA, as a gate agent and flight attendant, as well as a manager at the airline's executive offices in New York City. His father was a pioneering aviator for American Airlines, and a brother was a pilot for TWA.

Jon was an exceptional photographer, who assembled one of the best collections of post war airliner slides. He was a founding member of the World Airline Historical Society, and his writing appeared often in the WAHS' magazine The Captain's Log, as well as Airways, Airliners, and other publications. He also authored or co authored numerous books about the airline industry.

Jon was also one of the kindest people in the airline hobby. He genuinely enjoyed being around other people who loved the airline industry, whether it was historians like Robert Serling and R E G Davies, or teenagers coming to their first airline collectibles show.

R I P, Jon - the airline hobby will not be as nice without you :-(
 
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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:23 pm

Blue Skies, Jon Proctor!

Never met Jon in person, but his photographs and books are wonderful. I admire his work. A life dedicated to aviation. Thanks Jon!

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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:07 pm

What a huge loss for airline enthusiasts. Tailwinds....
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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:45 am

I have spent many hours studying his fabulous photographs. He was incredibly talented. He may be gone but his photos will live on for ages.
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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:14 pm

A true legend and well known throughout the industry...This is a big loss...
 
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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:30 am

I have not heard that name for a while. I really enjoy his work.
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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:34 am

Does anyone know what will happen to his collection of photographs? Could they be archived by a museum?

Jon was a great guy and a wealth of information. He will truly be missed.
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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:41 am

I just came across the link to his obituary:

https://jonproctor.net/wp-content/uploa ... ituary.pdf
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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:13 pm

DL_Mech wrote:
Does anyone know what will happen to his collection of photographs? Could they be archived by a museum?

Jon was a great guy and a wealth of information. He will truly be missed.


Jon prepared a detailed will, with clear guidance about what to do with his collection after his passing. One of his closest friends says more information about what will happen to his collection will be shared at a later date.
 
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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Thu May 28, 2020 12:53 pm

Very sad to read this as I have been a fan of Jon's pictures and a subscriber of Airways magazine since back in the 90's. His pictures of airlines that no longer exist today bring back such memories. I wish he had more pictures of airport terminals from back in the 70's/80s. Anyone know such photos exist anywhere?
 
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Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:37 am

A true legend... His photographs and books are wonderful.

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