George B. King (1905-1939) was born in Gainesville, Florida and graduated from Princeton University in 1928. After his graduation, King joined the Naval Reserve Air Crops. In 1933, King became an apprentice pilot with Pan American Airways and was a copilot on the China Clipper during its first scheduled air mail flight across the Pacific Ocean in November of 1935. King died on August 13, 1939, when the Pan American clipper he was piloting during a Miami - Rio de Janerio flight struck a crane on the dock in the Rio de Janeiro harbor, killing fourteen people.