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Discussion in 'Welcome Everyone! New Members Start Here...' started by Gary737, May 24, 2013.

  1. Gary737

    Gary737 Hangar Silver Member II

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    I'm glad that I somehow stumbled onto this web site and I enjoy the regular emails and articles. Glad that there is a Message Board here too! I'll try to kick in my .02 once in a while.

    Dad was Air Corps and USAF for 24 years. He was a 19 y/o Corporal when he started Pilot Training in 1942 and ended up retiring in 1965 as a Major. Flew mostly transports. C-45, C-46, C-47, C-119 as well as a smattering of B-25s, SA-16s, B-24s and for fun, he'd hop in a T-6!

    He got me hooked on flying when as a kid, we'd go get our crew cuts at Keesler AFB, then breakfast at the O Club and then he'd sit me on the hood of our 1955 Ford Wagon near the runway and watch planes all morning!

    At 25, I sold my car and started flying lesson and by 30 I was in the right seat of a 737. Got some lucky breaks along the way, I'll admit! Flew 737s, MD-80s (4 types), the Fokker 100 ("The little motor Fokker"!) and started commercially in the Embraer 110, the "Bandit" in 1984. Got 20 minutes and 4 landings in an ex-TWA DC-9-10 series late one night in Peoria as part of my qualification to go on to fly the MD-80s.

    Started as a Gate Agent at Air Florida in 1978, transferred to be a F/A in 1981 (I'd make more money for flying lessons and have more time off), then got hired on the Bandit for an Air Florida Commuter in 1984. In 1985, I was lucky to get hired at Midway Express on the 737-200 which was being flown under the old Air Florida Certificate. Midway had bought out AF and took on the planes and crews at the MIA base. I ended up flying the same 737s as I had flown as a F/A and with a crew made up of my former, fellow F/As!

    Midway crapped out in 1991 and I flopped around with some charter airlines, a re-newed Midway (Fk-100) and then Air South out of Columbia, SC back on the 737-200. I lost my FAA Medical then and went on to teach 737-200 Ground School and Sim for the very beginnings of AirTran in Orlando. Been fully retired since 1997.
     
  2. Edward Jeszka

    Edward Jeszka Hangar Gold Member I

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    Gary,
    You never really are "fully" retired from aviation. I pulled the plug in 98 but can't help but stop and look up at every airplane that is making noise overhead. A great history and thanks for sharing.
    Ed
     
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    KennethHolland Hangar Silver Member IV Staff Member

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    Welcome to the Hangar Gary! And post as much as you want...we need more of you around here!! :)
     
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    Welcome aboard.
     
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    Gary737 Hangar Silver Member II

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    Thanks guys....... I've got some good airline photos that I can share as well as a few "stories" that need their own threads.......
     
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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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    Welcome aboard to this great site! It is wonderful to have someone with your experience joining us. I look forward to seeing your airline photos, and reading the "stories" that you have to share!
     
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    Gary737 Hangar Silver Member II

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    Thanks for the nice Welcome! I've posted some B-737 photos and some DC-9 photos in the Airline Gallery section if you want to look there. I have a bunch more airliner photos (most from the 70s and 80s) that I get posted as well.
     
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    Welcome Gary!!
     

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