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  • Capt John 'Jack' T. Race
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    Wall of Honor Level:
    Air and Space Friend

    Honored by:
    Mr. John Race

    Pilot with the 9th Air Force in Europe during World War II.

    Flew one year for the British 21st Army Group as personal pilot to British Chief of Staff.

    Flew German Staff General JodI from Luneberg, Germany to Rheims, France where General JodI signed the unconditional surrender of Germany - May 1945
    Captain Race was a pilot with Pan American World Airways for 34 years, including three years in Afghanistan (1962 - 1965) as part of United States State Department to help develop Afghan (Ariana) Airline, retiring from Pan American in 1981.
    Captain Race served for eight years as Chief Pilot for Project Orbis - a DC8 teaching eye hospital, non-profit organization dedicated to combating world blindness. In 1989, he flew his 1940 Waco UPF7 biplane on a three month tour of the 48 states, retracing General Charles Lindbergh's 1927 Guggenheim 48 state tour promoting air travel.
    Using only compass and aerial maps, Captain Race's flight was made to promote the humanitarian work of Project Orbis.
    (General Charles Lindbergh was greatly admired and held in highest possible esteem by Captain Race. One of his most treasured experiences in aviation is having met General Lindbergh in Frankfurt, Germany in the Pan American Offices at Rhein Main Airport in 1953 during the time Pan American flew the German Corridor.. Many years later, Captain Race had the privilege of having General Lindbergh aboard his Pan Am 707 transcontinental flight from Los Angeles, California to Kennedy Airport, New York. Having this pioneer of aviation aboard his cargo flight and enjoying the opportunity for conversation in the cockpit of his aircraft with General Lindbergh as they traveled the starlit skies from one coast to the other of our great country is one of Captain Race's fondest memories.)

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