Airway Pioneer Member
Fred Drake

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I joined the CAA in 1946 as an Assistant Controller at the Boston ARTC at Logan Airport. I retired in 1977 from the Air Traffic Division, New England Regional Office in Burlington MA after 31 years. We then moved to my wife's home in Houma, LA and went to work for Hammonds Air Service flying a Cessna 185 Float plane in the off shore oil fields and went on to establish Hammonds Commuter Airline with a twin Otter, 9 Piper Navajos and 13 seaplanes. After five years in Louisiana and following the great oil "slump", we returned to New England. At this point, I bought a lobster boat and 200 traps and went fishing along the coast of New Hampshire. That lasted about 18 years until my old knees gave out and put me on shore.

After two new knees and a recovery period, I bought a Cessna 180 and have been having a great time with that airplane along with teaching my son Robert to fly. He just received his license this last summer.

We go to Port Orange FL in the winter and do some fishing and traveling. For our ages, 80 and 84, we are doing great. I would like to her from some of the old gang.

Best Regards to All, Fred (FD)

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