Airway Pioneer Member
William H. "Bill" May

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I was in the U.S. Navy and Marines from 1942 until 1945. I attended the Dallas School of Aviation, Love Field, Dallas, Texas for Aircraft Mechanic license. I joined a Marine Corps Reserve unit in April 1948, which had a couple of CAA flight service specialists who suggested coming to work for the CAA.

I met with the local Chief of the FSS (Toby Lindsay), specialists, Joe Reed and Wayne Cable who all suggested applying for Air Traffic Control. Applied for employment and later interviewed by Jack Owen (Supervisor) and Ralph Boozman (Chief) Jackson, MS, Tower. Employed by the CAA in July 1948 as an assistant controller, Memphis ARTC Center.

I was recalled to the military as base operations ATC officer at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, NC, from May 1952 until May 1954 during the Korean War. I returned to Memphis Center.

From 1954 until 1977, I worked in the following field facilities: Memphis ARTC Center as controller, proficiency development instructor, crew chief, watch supervisor and training officer; Miami ARTC Center as assistant chief; Pensacola RATC Center/tower as assistant chief; Indianapolis ARTC Center as Chief. Worked in Southern Region regional office as operations specialist and evaluation specialist. I retired on Dec. 31, 1977.

I did some consulting work from 1978 to 1980, then served as chairman of the Santa Rosa County, FL, Aviation Advisory Committee from 1980 to 1984 advising the county commissioners on aviation matters. Other community service has been related to church and homeowner association activities.

At present spend considerable time on the golf course, home landscaping/care and genealogical research of family lines.

Best Regards, Bill

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