This bio is a special tribute to a member who has gone West.
After spending WWII in the engine room of a destroyer, Jack’s life career was associated with the railroads. He was in Louisville with the American Locomotive Company in 1951 when he met Howard Edwards who introduced him to the world of private flying.
After a few unofficial hours with Howard, Jack had two hours in his logbook when Dick Mulloy (Kentucky Flying Service) soled him in a Champ. After that Jack was hooked and went on to get his numerous ratings including his CFI. Although flying was never Jack’s livelihood, he was always involved even after his transfer to Jacksonville, FL. He still counts Dick Mulloy as one of his all time favorite friends and lunches with him several times a year.
Jack sold his Stearman in 2005, one that he had flown for many years and owned since 1998. This is a stock Stearman manufactured by Boeing in 1943 with a 220 HP Continental engine. It’s the one with the off-white paint job with the red, white and blue rudder. You may see it flying around the area when the temperature is above 50 degrees!
In 1961 when the Louisville EAA Chapter was formed, Jack was a Charter member. He has always been actively involved but does confess to be a 99% flyer and only 1% builder as compared to some of the other members who are more interested in building.
Jack has always looked forward to flying most anything with wings but nowadays prefers to limit his flying to daylight VFR operations. “Having an engine quit in daylight is bad enough but after dark — well, no thanks”.
When asked how old he is, he usually points to Howard Edwards and says, “I’m two years younger than he is”.
Below is a list of the many planes Jack has flown:
120, 140, 150, 152, 170, 172, 175, 182, 210, 205, 206, 207, L-19, AG Wagon
Pacer, Colt, Tri-Pacer, Cherokee 140 & 180, Arrow, PA 12, J-3, J-5,
Commanche 180 & 250, Twin Commanche, Apache, Aztec, Geronomo
Staggerwing, Bonanza, A 36
Champ, Tri-Champ, Citabria, Lancer, Decatholon, Luscombe, Great Lakes, Belanca Viking,
Chipmonk, Strinson, Inland Sport, American Yankee, Tailwind, Star Duster I & II,
Pitts, Dart, Funk, Mooney, Taylorcraft, Robin, PJ 260, Ercoupe, Katana,
Aero Commander 114, Stearman 220, 300, & 450.
In 2001 Jack was one of the founding 10 members of BOWMAN EAGLES which in 2005 has 64 members and 3 planes: Champ 7EC, Citabria 7ECA, and a Stinson 108-1. Bowman Eagles is a “Taildragger” club of which Jack is the Chief Flight Instructor. He firmly believes that flying a taildragger makes one a better pilot. He says,“You learn to use the rudder pedals”.
It was also in 2001 that Jack was the “Flight Instructor of the Year” selected by the Kentucky Flight Standards Distric Office. His award stated that he was “One of the Shakers and Movers in the Kentuckiana Aviation Scene”.