Charles Jr.
Charles 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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Car Show Expands to Two-Day Event - Twin Falls Times-News
Google News - over 5 years
Times-News file photo A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by JR Blair of American Falls sits in the sun as people walk by during the 2008 Joe Mama's Car Show in Jerome. • 6-9 pm — 1950s-themed barbecue, hosted by Smokin' Cowboys, at Jerome City Park
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Sunny mood prevails at wet Ashland Summer Days - Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Google News - almost 6 years
It's a way to bring people back to Ashland and show off the town, said JR Blair, treasurer of Ashland Summer Days. “Of course, the rain has put a little bit of a damper on the spirits, but we had no control over that,” Blair said
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Chopper makes emergency landing - Omaha World-Herald
Google News - almost 6 years
BLAIR, Neb. -- Washington County authorities and OPPD are investigating a helicopter's emergency landing roughly 1.5 miles south of OPPD's Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant on the west side of US Highway 75. Neither person was injured
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Night of variety is held by young farmers' club - Farming Life (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
The most amusing act of the evening was The Big Fat Moneymore Wedding which featured Lindsey Clarke and JR Blair as bride and groom; the bridesmaids were Abbie and Kenndal Hunter with Zita Blair as glamorous mother of the bride; Darren Scott was the
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Ferschke latest from Blount to give his life for his country - Maryville Daily Times
Google News - almost 6 years
... Carl W. Miller, Marvin R. Mizell, Robert B. Moore, Robert H. Norris, J. Wayne Pierce, Elmer H. Russell. JR Blair, Harold D. Burch, Clarence J. Carver, Marion B. Cooper, Abraham L. Hill, Kenneth H. Owens, James L. Rhyne, Julian C. Stinnett
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FASTRAK at Tyler County postponed - Tarentum Valley News Dispatch
Google News - almost 6 years
Martin held off a challenge from Max Blair, who finished second, followed by Josh Double, John Volpeand Mike Pegher Jr. Blair and Pegherv are local drivers who have made the biggest impression in the FASTRAK`s short history; Blair is the defending
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La plaga de la impunidad - Lanacion.com (Argentina)
Google News - almost 6 years
Bush Jr, Blair y Aznar, que desencadenaron una guerra ilegal e innecesaria que se ha cobrado más de cien mil víctimas, todas evitables, se pasean tranquilamente por el mundo, con frecuencia aclamados y embolsándose grandes sumas de dinero por sus
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Paid Notice: Memorials BLAIR, WESLEY KENNETH JR
NYTimes - about 6 years
BLAIR--Wesley Kenneth Jr. A Memorial Service for Wesley Kenneth Blair Jr. will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, 2:00pm at the Reformed Church of Bronxville, Pondfield Road and Midland Ave., Bronxville.
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Paid Notice: Deaths PILLSBURY, DONALDSON C
NYTimes - almost 9 years
PILLSBURY--Donaldson C. The trustees, faculty, students, and staff of The Rockefeller University community mourn the sudden and untimely passing of our cherished friend, Don Pillsbury, an esteemed member of The Rockefeller University Council and husband of Marnie Pillsbury, our beloved Vice Chairman. Like all who knew him, we loved Don dearly, and
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Paid Notice: Deaths PILLSBURY, DONALDSON CLARK
NYTimes - almost 9 years
PILLSBURY--Donaldson Clark. Michael Sovern, Chairman of The Board of Directors of Sotheby's, Chief Executive Officer Bill Ruprecht and Sotheby's worldwide staff mourn the untimely passing of their colleague and friend, Don Pillsbury, on June 12th. Distinguished by his integrity, grace, wisdom and honor, Don was the epitome of a fine and decent man.
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Paid Notice: Deaths MILLER, WILLIAM SANFORD
NYTimes - about 15 years
MILLER-William Sanford. 83, of Bedford Hills, NY, on December 22, 2001. Husband of Anne for 50 years, father of William Sanford Miller Jr., Blair Miller, Carolyn Miller Cronful, Catherine Miller Sokoloff, Carl August Miller and Charlotte Miller McCarthy. Grandfather of eight. Educated at The Gunnery and Lawrenceville schools, and graduated from
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FILM REVIEW; Gee, Commander, You're Cute When You Fight Green Aliens
NYTimes - about 18 years
''Wing Commander'' is based on a video game and has roughly the same degree of character development. That is all most moviegoers will need to know. For others, here is the so-called plot: In the year 2564 Earth is at war with the Kilrathi, who appear to be murky dark green monsters. (Or is it the lighting on their spaceships?) Two scrappy young
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles F. Blair, Jr.
    CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Blair and three passengers were killed, seven passengers were severely injured. He was survived by his wife and four children from two previous marriages: Suzanne, Christopher, Charles Lee and Stephen. His remains are interred in Arlington National Cemetery. After its investigation, the NTSB concluded that pre-flight planning was improper because the maintenance release was falsified by a licensed mechanic. The mechanic had certified the aircraft as airworthy when, in fact, it was not. The plane was flown 22 hrs beyond the scheduled inspection time with the knowledge of certain key managers, supervisors, and licensed personnel. The total times in the aircraft logbook had been falsified with the full knowledge of management, supervisors, and licensed personnel. Company policy and decisions were made by Blair, who violated or condoned violation of the regulations in the interest of company objectives.
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  • 1968
    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.
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  • 1967
    In 1967 he also acquired the last Sikorsky VS-44 "Excambian" that Antilles operated until it was damaged in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details He co-wrote a novel with A.J Wallis in 1956, Thunder Above, which was filmed as Beyond the Curtain in 1960 and wrote his autobiography Red Ball in the Sky in 1970. Blair's brother Robert Noel Blair (1912-2003), was a painter and art teacher, in Buffalo, NY, noted for his Battle of the Bulge paintings, executed during combat. His sister-in-law Jeannette Blair and nephew Bruce Blair are also painters in the Buffalo area.
  • 1962
    Brigadier General Blair became a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details He retired from Pan Am in 1969, having founded Antilles Air Boats based in St Croix in 1963 with the idea of having a flying boat service from New York to and throughout the Caribbean. In 1974 Blair purchased two Sandringham flying boats from Ansett Airlines that had serviced the Sydney to Lord Howe Island route.
  • 1959
    He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year he led two F-100 Super Sabres in a nonstop flight from England to Alaska in the first jet fighter flight over the North Pole. Blair earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) for the flight.
  • 1952
    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.
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  • 1951
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On 29 May of the same year he flew from Bardufoss, Norway to Fairbanks, Alaska flying 3260 non stop miles across the North Pole. Captain Blair was awarded the Harmon Trophy from President Truman and the Gold Medal of the Norwegian Aero Club. The Excalibur III is now on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
  • 1946
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rechristened "Excalibur III", Blair began setting records.
  • 1940
    In 1940, Blair became a chief pilot at American Export Airlines, later renamed American Overseas Airlines, where he trained the pilots.
    More Details Hide Details In World War II Blair flew with the Naval Air Transport Service and the Air Transport Command as well as being a test pilot for Grumman Aircraft, testing the Grumman F6F Hellcat, Grumman F7F Tigercat, Grumman F8F Bearcat and the Martin Mars flying boat. Following the war, Blair commanded testing and the first scheduled flights of the Lockheed Constellation and Boeing Stratocruiser airliners of American Overseas Airlines as well as owning and operating Associated Air Transport, Inc. American Overseas Airlines merged with Pan American World Airways in 1950, with Blair becoming a Pan Am pilot.
  • 1931
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He served with the Naval Reserves at the same time as flying for United Airlines for seven years.
  • 1909
    Born on July 19, 1909.
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