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Capt. H.R. "Ron" Squiers '64 Receives Wright Brothers Award

The New York Times recently published an article about the retirement of the world's first jumbo jet; the Boeing 747. With the cost of operating these planes becoming too expensive they have been moving the remaining planes to a storage area in the arid climate of Pinal Airpark, between Phoenix and Tucson to prevent corrosion. Check out the article for more history.

Gamma Chi's very own Capt. H.R. "Ron" Squiers '64, spent a good part of his career as a commercial pilot flying 747s. He also recently received the prestigious Wright Brothers Award by the FAA. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots".  

Brother Squiers shared a little about the fate of one of the last 747s that he flew:

"I think I mentioned before, my last big flight as a real captain was a delivery of an off-lease Singapore 747-400 from Changi to Tuscon (17+40 hours) and then, after clearing customs, on to Pinal, 20 minutes away. The airplane had been bought by a Russian oligarch (they wouldn't give us his name). They were going to do the big modifications to the tubs, king bed, and who knows what else. That 747 was basically new; ~6,000 hours and well cared for by Singapore. It was a 1-year project. Conversely, the United and Delta (former NWA) 747s have 50,000 hours or more. I have about 8,000 hours on the 747 fleet - 747-100, 200 SP, and 400. I was in on the initial development of the latest 747-8. They are actually selling (mostly freighters) to UPS, Qatar, Lufthansa and Cathy Pacific.

Oh well, enough about that. By the way, I was just awarded the Wright Brothers Award by the FAA. Pretty big deal for a crusty old pilot."

Let's all congratulate Brother Squiers for making Gamma Chi proud! Go to the website and search for Brothers Squiers and update your information in our directory.


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