Airway Pioneer Member
Donald B. Tyson

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Completed combination aircraft mechanic course at Aero Industries Technical Institute in Glendale California on 1/1/39.
Employed by Glen L Martin Aircraft at Middle River, MD on 9/1/39 as a sheet metal technician.
Worked for Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego California from 1939 to 1943 as power plant technician, B-24 production line electrician and PBY and B-24 Flight Radio Operator (shakedowns)
Then worked for Ford Motor Co. in 1943 at Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti MI as Flight Radio Operator (B-24 shakedowns)
Went to work for Pan American-Grace Airways (Panagra) in Lima Peru 1943-1949 as Flight Communications Officer in DC3, DC4 and DC6.
Then worked for Flying Tiger Line at Burbank CA from 1950-1951 as Flight Radio Operator on the Tokyo Airlift (DC4)
Started with FAA in Honolulu Hawaii as Aircraft Communicator (OFACS), ARTC Assistant Controller and relief FRO from 1951 to 1954.
FAA at Honolulu as Flight Navigator HNL-FIG from 1954-1968 in DC4s, L749A and KC-35.
FAA at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti as General Aviation Safety Inspector (avionics) from 1968 to 1971 (Detroit GADO)
FAA at Rapid City SD as General Aviation Safety Inspector (avionics) from 1971 to 1972. (Rapid City GADO)
Retired on 6/30/72

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