Charles F. Blair Jr. (Pilot)


Charles F. Blair Jr. was an aviation pioneer who helped workout the routes and navigation techniques necessary for long distance flights. He served as a reserve officer, early in his career for the United States Navy, reaching the rank of Captain, and later for the United States Air Force, reaching the rank of Brigadier General. He died in a transportation accident in the Caribbean while captaining a Grumman Goose seaplane for his airline, Antilles Air Boats.

Born: 19, 1909, Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: 02, 1978, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Place of burial: Arlington National Cemetery
Service/branch: United States Navy, This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website of agency test->
Years of service: 1932–1960
Rank: Captain (USN), Brigadier General (USAF)
Battles/wars: World War II
Awards: Harmon Trophy
Spouse(s): 4, including Maureen O’Hara
Other work: Pan American World Airways, Antilles Air Boats

About Charles F. Blair Jr.

Renowned pilot who served as a Brigadier General with the U.S. Air Force and as an aviation Captain with the U.S. Navy.

Before Fame

He served in World War II as a military test pilot.


He flew non-stop from New York to London in his single-engine, propeller-driven P-51 Mustang.

Family Life

He married the famous Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara in 1968.


He and Noel Wien both became famous for their superior aviation skills.

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