Airway Pioneer Member
Robin R. Boughn

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CAA/FAA Employment Aug. l940-Feb.1973

Aug/1940. EOD Des Moines, IA CAA Airways Communication Station. Qualifying experience was received from 4 years of Navy service including Great Lakes Naval Training Station, San Diego Navy Communications School, and the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa. The Tuscaloosa (NAJF-C37) was F.D. Roosevelt's "cruise" ship--we were happy to take him fishing near the Galapagos Isles and, later, Newfoundland. He was quite a jovial person but his polio left him very much an invalid--he struggled to get out of his wheelchair to wave at crowds while going through the Panama Canal. His Staff was great and used our Radio facilities for official and personal communications.


1941 transferred to INSAC St. Louis, MO. We were adjacent to the STL ARTCC. The ARINC and we handled the Center's IFR traffic to and from pilots--no radio communications to and from pilots--no radio communications available at Centers--they were few and provided control only in the limited airway controlled airspace. The City provided Control Tower Service--a new trainee in the tower reported his starting pay at $50 per month.


1942 transferred to INSAC Omaha, NE. Omaha was in a "Control Zone of Intersection"--No control tower so advisory services between ARTC Center and FSS.
1943 transferred to INSAC Burbank that was adjacent to the Burbank Center. The Control Tower was operated by the Lockheed Air Terminal and later transferred to the FAA. The Center and part of the FSS was moved to the North American Command building in downtown Los Angeles and became the "Los Angeles Center".


1944 transferred to Facility Chief at the Yuma Army Airfield FSS.
1945 transferred to the Central Monitoring Office at the CAA Santa Monica Regional Office.
1947 transferred as Facility Chief at the Indio Flight Service Station.
1949 transferred as Facility Chief and commissioned the new FSS at the Landing Aids Experimental Station, Arcata, CA. Certain airlines and the National Weather Service jointly financed and fostered development of landing aids such as the high intensity approach light lane, transmissometer equipment etc. Approval was received for the Airport to realize the lowest landing minima in the U.S. at that time for Southwest Airways--the FSS and Southwest personnel provided joint weather observations by use of the transmissometer and ceilometer equipment. Arcata was outside of Controlled Airspace and the Oakland Center and FSS coordinated to provide advisory services.
1954 attended the Air Traffic Control School in Oklahoma City along with FSS and supervisory personnel from all FAA Regions. The school was oriented towards inauguration of the Combined Station/Tower Program.
1954 transferred to the Sacramento Combined Station/Tower.
1955 transferred to Bakersfield, CA Tower.
1956 transferred to Los Angeles Tower.
1958 transferred to Long Beach Tower.
1959 returned to Los Angeles Tower.
1960 transferred to the Western Region Office, ATC Evaluation Branch. Enjoyed this assignment that entailed travel within the 11 Western States while visiting and working with our FSSs, Towers, and Centers. It was rewarding to meet and work with many dedicated FAA Employees.
1972 transferred to the ATC Program Planning Branch that was another enjoyable assignment. Retired Feb 2, 1973.
Family data:
Born in Walthill, NE Jan 26, 1918. Married to Pauline (Pat) Johnson Nov. 6, 1940.
Children: Robert C. Boughn; Donald W. Boughn; Robin Sue (Boughn) Evans.
Grandchildren: Lori A. (Boughn) Hanson; Robert C. Boughn, Jr.; Cory W. Evans;
Kristin S. Evans. Great-grandchildren: Patrick A. (Hanson) Boughn and Kira Anne Hanson.

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