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Eastern Airlines Pilots Memorial Display

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This Bronze Memorial contains 6744 names of pilots who have worked for Eastern Airlines throughout its history. It is located along a major corridor near the North Terminal N5 entrance at The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Report on the May 19th Atlanta EAL Flight Ops Picnic Fly-in

Bob Fuhrman has provided us with his video of the May 19th Fly-In:

Our Host, Virge Tedder, picked a fine day for our 20th + Annual EAL Flt Ops Picnic and Fly-in, as the skies were clear, the humidity was low, the temperatures were mild and the winds were well within the capabilities of those eleven pilots who flew in!!!!

Once again we met at the home and hangar of REPA Affiliate Member Carolyn and Mac McGaughey, located at Eagles Landing in Williamson, Georgia…

The first airplane arrived a little early, at 10:00 AM, and they continued to fly in right up to the start of our BBQ Dinner at 12:30 PM… By then the crowd had gathered and many old friendships were renewed, as well as some new ones started…

The BBQ, again arranged for by Dick Garner, was excellent, as attributed to by the fact that after 105 meals were served, none was left!!!!

Flying in (in no particular order) were Charlie Brown (Skybolt), Wendell Haley (C-150), Ernie Bagwell (Champ), Mick Hudson (Czechoslovakian LSA). Tia Robertson (Luscombe), Bob Burson (C-172), Jim Holder (Champ), Steve Holder (Apache with a Geronimo Conversion), Phillip Robertson (C-170), Joe Wolbert (Apache) and Neal Carlisle (C-172)…

As we started to line up for our dinner, Virge asked our Atlanta REPA Chaplain, Lew Rabbitt, to Give Thanks… Before doing so Lew remembered some who were no longer with us, including former Atlanta REPA Host Jim Friday, who had just passed away, one week earlier…

Lea Johnson gave us an update on his son, Mark, who is in his 13th year with ALS… Now well over double the normal life expectation and doing quite well too! He is a volunteer at hospitals, among other activities… Lea then gave us a bonus of two very funny stories, one titled Looking Back on It…You would have to have him tell it to you to understand!

As the drawing for Door Prizes commenced Virge once again thanked Carolyn and Mac for their hospitality, allowing us to have our Picnic and Fly-in at their home…

He then recognized the newest pilot among us, that being Ian Robertson, son of former Eastern Pilot (and now United Captain) Tia Robertson and Phillip Robertson… Ian had soloed only two days before!
Virge then presented the very large number of Door Prizes, contributed by Ben Aiken (shirts), Jim Whitlock (painting, prints and decals) and McGaughley’s (assorted items from their aviation collection)…
The winners (in order) were:

Bill Bennett………..
Alice Tedder………
Jim Holder………...
Marty Tabacchi…....
Jerri Johnson………
Don Teel…………..
Joe Wolbert……….
Johnny Johnson…...
Ian Robertson……..
Myron Ramsdell….
Windy Wingate…..
Kitty Kelley………
Bob Fuhrman……..
Bob Burson……….
Dick Burnette…….
Connie Scruggs….. 

dark blue Ben Aiken shirt
EAL Connie print
Knights of the Air book
large framed EAL Connie
Martin 404 print
Sopwith Camel Model Kit
EAL Electra print
light blue Ben Aiken shirt
white Ben Aiken shirt
EAL Connie over NYC print
USAF F-86 model airplane
B-727 decal
Hat in the Ring print
B-727 decal
Kite
B-727 decal

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December 14th Dedication of the Eastern Pilots Bronze Memorial

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Folks….

We are very pleased to report that a large number (forty plus) of the Eastern Family showed up Wednesday morning at the Atlanta Airport to witness the Dedication of the new Eastern Pilots Bronze Memorial… Also in attendance were many of the Airport Authority Staff, airport employees (many were former Eastern employees) as well as many passenges who just wanted to stop and watch the event…

The Airport Authority blocked off most of the corridor containing the Memorial, which was a pass-thru from some of ticket counters to Security. They also provided a podium and loudspeaker for us, which was very much needed due to the high level of background noise due to the hustle and bustle of so many passengers coming and going…

Many wore all or part of their Eastern Pilot uniforms or a uniform from a Second Life at another airline…

All (everyone!) agreed that the new Bronze Memorial was a beautiful listing of those 6,744 Eastern Pilots…

Shown are three photos (from a lady who got her pictures to us very quickly) which show a part of the group in uniform, one of the panels containing names and a fellow who, with his wife, found his name!

We will have many more photographs in a major article about the new Memorial in the winter 2012 issue of REPArtee…

Jim Holder

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