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Howard F. Wray

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John (Jack) R. Sladkey
Wayne D. Smith
Jerry D. Spearman
Jack Sullivan
Neil Tousley
William F. Treichel
James Trice
Andrew T. Vassios
Roger A. Wert
Howard F. Wray
Don A. Zaike

Howard F. Wray

Immediately after completing 56M pilot training in Bainbridge, Georgia I was off to Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas. There I flew the T-33 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. My next assignment was to head to Arizona to fly the F-86 at Williams AFB, I think the military just wanted to see if I could actually fly a new airplane without any help! They also wanted to see how good my trigger finger was in gunner school! After many successful solo landings and no major gun mishaps, I then returned to the Air National Guard in McGuire AFB, New Jersey. Back in my home state I was having fun flying F-86 and F-84.

It is now 1956 and I decided to find a challenge to add to National Guard duty. I was hired by Capitol Airlines and based in Washington, D.C. While at Capitol I flew the
DC-3, DC-4 and the Viscount. During one memorable night flight in a DC-4 over Harrisburg, Pennsylvania I proposed to my beautiful flight attendant, Joan who has now been my wife for over 46 years. The proposal occurred over her hometown where she had previously trained to be a nurse prior to taking the skies.

My next landmark event occurred in 1961 when Capitol Airlines merged with United Airlines. I was then based in Newark, New Jersey flying DC-6, DC-7, B-727, and B-737.
In 1978, United decided to close the Newark pilot base leaving the family to decide where to move. A journey out west was finally decided upon, landing in the East Bay to be based in San Francisco, California. I flew the B-767 until retirement.

Joan and I have two children, Russell and Barbara. Russell is the oldest and lives in Santa Rosa working at a sporting goods store. Barbara followed the path of good old dad and is a pilot for SkyWest Airlines (United Express carrier) living and based in Denver, Colorado. She flies the Canadair CRJ-700, a 66-seat passenger jet, that sends her coast-to-coast throughout her trips. Husband, Warren is an Aviation Data Specialist for Jeppesen at their headquarters in Englewood, Colorado.