|I'm currently Captain for Asia Pacific Airlines based in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. This is a small airline flying cargo 727's in the Western Pacific. One of the reasons this project has taken so long to get out to the public is my constantly traveling in my job.
When I was a young boy my father a private pilot took me up in an Ercoupe and I fell in love with flying. The place we moved to in N. Virginia had two airports near it but before I was old enough to ride a bicycle to them they both turned into shopping centers. So in the early 60's I found one of William Greens books on WW2 aircraft and began collecting books on WW2 aviation and the aircraft used. While reading about WW2 aviation I found small reference to the lesser known AF's but couldn't find anymore information about them or what aircraft were used. So in the early 70's I started compiling these lists by hand. Then in 1982 got my first computer (Apple II+/Appleworks) and this eased the work enormously. Have used this till just recently when I got my first MAC a Powerbook 2400, to carry with me on the road. Then a modem and on the web, and the ease with getting my info out.
Since I couldn't be an airport kid, after high school took flying lessons at a local airport. Then went to Southeastern Oklahoma Univ. in Durant, OK and earned a BS in Professional Piloting. Then worked as a flight instructor/manager at Southwest Soaring near Dallas, TX then awhile as flight instructor at Woodbridge VA. Then hired by International Air Cargo in Washington DC flying Short Skyvans which folded after 4 months after I had tried to be hired there for 4 years. Went to work for Summit Airlines out of Philadelphia for 13.5 years before they industry passed them by and they folded. Flying Skyvans for 4 years and Convair 580 for 9.5 years. Hired next by Key Airlines flying 727 doing charter flights to the Caribbean and Central America till they went out of business in 1993. Hired by Ryan International which got me out to Saipan to fly tuna for the Federated States of Micronesia (Yap,Truk,Ponapei etc.). Now with Asia Pacific hoping for a lasting job here in the Pacific.
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