Robert Aitken “Bob” Rushworth (October 9, 1924 – March 18, 1993) was an American United States Air Force major general, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War pilot, mechanical and aeronautical engineer, test pilot and Astronaut. He was...Read More
George F. Dubick
My first conscious memory of an airplane was at about age three in 1942 when I was hoisted up to stand in the cockpit of a yellow biplane at the Cleveland, Ohio airshow. The smell of dope on fabric, the touch of the leather binding around the cockpit never left my memory. I noticed the squinty look of the pilot and immediately adapted that “pilot look.” I then announced to my Mom and Dad that I was going to be a pilot.
Eighteen years later I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and joined the SAC (Strategic Air Command) Aero Club at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. During my five years there I obtained my Private Pilot License, then Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor ratings and was preparing to obtain my Instrument Pilot’s Certificate immediately after separation from the service. I did get my Instrument Pilot Certificate from the FAA examiner flying out of Cleveland-Hopkins Airport, and a few weeks later passed my “check-ride” for becoming an Instrument Flight Instructor.
Six months later I was hired by Allegheny Airlines as a copilot which ended when I was furloughed after six months. I was then hired by Delta Airlines where I enjoyed thirty-two years of flying everything from two and four-engine propeller planes to Two, three and four-engine jet aircraft.
Because I was always a “wanna-be” Fighter Pilot” I was privileged to join the “Wild Weasel Air Museum” in Dallas, Texas, where I flew six different single-engine jet fighter and trainer aircraft, including the venerable Lockheed T-33. “T-Bird” and the US Air Force’s North American F-100F “Super Sabre”.
I started creating my list of favorite aircraft in pen and ink in 1983 through 1990 and took up the craft, (no pun intended) once again in 2014 as a relaxing and enjoyable “old-time retired” pilot’s hobby.
- 1993-1996 Wild Weasel Air Museum, Dallas, TX (F-100)
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Military & Civilian Education