Photograph of Nicholas Zelinka (Eastern Air Lines Pilot)

Nicholas Zelinka began flying for Eastern Air Lines as a co-pilot in 1942. From 1943 to 1945, Zelinka flew with Eastern's Military Transport Division and he was made a captain in 1946. Zelinka flew with Eastern Air Lines until his retirement in 1976. During his career with Eastern, Zelinka flew various aircraft including the Douglas DC-3; Douglas C-47 Skytrain; Curtiss C-46 Commando; Martin (Glenn L.) Model 404 (4-O-4); Douglas DC-6; Douglas DC-7; and the Boeing Model 727.