Charles F. Blair, Jr.

Charles F. Blair, Jr.


Charles F. Blair, Jr. was a United States Air Force Brigadier General, United States Navy aviator Captain, a test pilot, an airline pilot, and airline owner. He died in a Grumman Goose seaplane crash in the Caribbean.

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1909 Birth Born on July 19, 1909.


1931 21 Years Old In 1931, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont, and the following year was commissioned an Ensign as a naval aviator. … Read More


1940 30 Years Old In 1940, Blair became a chief pilot at American Export Airlines, later renamed American Overseas Airlines, where he trained the pilots. … Read More
1946 36 Years Old Blair had purchased the P-51 Mustang "Stormy Petrel" that Paul Mantz had flown to wins in the Bendix Trophy air races in 1946 and 1947. … Read More


1951 41 Years Old On 31 January 1951 Blair flew non stop from New York to London to test the jet stream, traveling at an average speed of in seven hours and 48 minutes setting a record for a piston engine plane. … Read More
1952 42 Years Old Blair resigned his naval commission in 1952 and was later commissioned a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves while still flying for Pan Am.
1959 49 Years Old He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1959. … Read More


1962 52 Years Old Brigadier General Blair became a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1962. … Read More
1967 57 Years Old In 1967 he also acquired the last Sikorsky VS-44 "Excambian" that Antilles operated until it was damaged in 1969. … Read More
1968 58 Years Old On March 11, 1968, Charles Blair was married for the fourth time, to the actress Maureen O'Hara, whom he had first met on a flight to Ireland in 1947.


1978 69 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 2, 1978, Blair was piloting a Grumman Goose for Antilles Air Boats from St. Croix to St. Thomas when the plane crashed into the ocean, following the failure of the left un-airworthy engine. … Read More
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