In this section we will place requests from REPA members and others as well as announcements of importance to our membership. If you are looking for an EAL employee, relaying sickness status, seeking information of EAL history, announcing reunions and other general requests, this would be the page to post such messages. Please send your request to Jim Holder via the contact information on the Contact Us page of this website, and it will be posted.

Remembering Captain Chester F. "Chris" Christopher

I am the daughter of Chester F. “Chris” Christopher, EAL Captain until his passing in 1970 from a brain tumor at the age of just 39 years old. As I remember, he was flying out of Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark before he fell ill. We lived in NJ then.

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I know that during his career, he at had flown the route to Cuba. Mom remembers the time he had arrived home one day from a trip there and she woke suddenly in the night to remember she’d forgotten to put “Tooth Fairy” money under my brother’s pillow. Grabbing a handful of change off the dresser she and Dad shared, she placed it under my brother’s pillow. The next morning, a very confused little boy asked her, “What kind of money is this?” She had fun explaining why the Tooth Fairy had foreign money!

Understandably, my six siblings and I would love to hear from any EAL personnel who remember Dad and would have any stories or photos of him. Some of you I’ve met with my mother, Barbara Christopher, and my sister, Judy Christopher Parks, at REPA conventions, which we’ve attended faithfully for many years. Others of you, we’ve yet to meet, but would delight in anything you care to share about our daddy.

Dad would have been 84 this year, so you may understand our urgency in finding those who knew him. He is still our hero.

Diane Cosgrove
anvil4@hondo.net

FINAL DESTINATION:DISASTER by Captain George Jehn

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I hope that every former Eastern employee, including my fellow former Eastern pilots, read my recently released book entitled, “Final Destination: Disaster. What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines,” in order to fully comprehend the whirlwind of happenings that destroyed so many of our careers and lives.

What triggered my writing this book, was a heretofore undisclosed top secret meeting that took place on the afternoon of February 23, 1985 the day before Eastern was tendered to Frank Lorenzo’s Texas Air Corporation between myself, Charles H. “Skip” Copeland, at the time the Chairman of New York ALPA Council 51, and Frank Borman. At this meeting, Copeland and I offered Borman everything he was demanding from the Eastern pilots and other employees, including the total capitulation of Charlie Bryan, the then-head of Eastern’s International Association of Machinists union. This was a deal worth approximately $2 Billion, with the only stipulation being that Eastern not he sold to Texas Air. Borman, however, turned down our offer, which would have not only have salvaged our airline, but allowed it to prosper.

After that refusal, I vowed to unearth the true reason or reasons why Eastern was delivered to Texas Air, which we and Borman knew would ultimately lead to its destruction. I accomplished this by beginning at that meeting and working backwards in time. And, what I uncovered shocked me.

For the very first time you will read what I uncovered, which hopefully will bring some closure to all former Eastern employees. We were all caught up in complex events that, although we had no knowledge of them at the time, cost us all dearly.

The book is available on www.Amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.changinglivespress.com or www.georgejehn.com  It is also available in most major bookstores, including Barnes and Noble.

George Jehn

Inquiry About Captain Charles Lamb

My name is Amy Lamb Gowans.  I am the daughter of Charles (Chuck) Lamb.  My father Chuck was a pilot for Eastern Airlines for many years.  I believe he was a captain for DC-9's.  He flew out of O'Hare.  Prior to that he flew out of Atlanta.  He passed away in February of 1979.  I joined a couple of Facebook groups for Eastern Airlines.  I was just wondering if you have any way of connecting me with any past pilots or flight attendants who flew out of O'Hare in the late 70's.  Today he would have turned 89.  Can't believe he's been gone 35 years.

He flew out of ORD from 8/71 - 2/79.  Prior to that, he was in Atlanta for many years.

Thank you,

Amy Gowans, Chicago, IL
amy.gowans@me.com

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Whisperstar!

Jim,

I came across this picture and thought you might have a use for it on the REPA website. I flew first officer on the airplane when it was based out of Miami. I would gladly provide more details on the operation if you are interested.

More later, Dave Dixon


David,

I came close to being your captain on that airplane… Was a long suffering F/O in ATL so bid it as captain and only missed it by about 1000 numbers!!!

Jim Holder


Thanks for the photo. I remember this aircraft very well down in Miami. Used for pilot training and transporting EAL executives.

Jerry Frost

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