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Jay R. Beasley

Biography and Awards

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  • Jay Beasley was born in Waxahachie, Texas August 9, 1914

  • Jay Beasley was an "Airport Brat" in Fort Worth starting at the age of 13. Flew his first solo flight in a Curtis Pusher in 1932.

  • Did some barnstorming, instructing and crop dusting in the 1930's--sometimes worked as mechanic when money ran low.

  • In 1942 flew as Army Air Corps civilian ferry pilot.

  • Came to Lockheed as test pilot early 1943.

  • Joined American Airlines as 1st Officer in 1945. Furloughed in December 1947.

  • Flew as Corporate Chief Pilot for Ibex Corporation until 1952 when he rejoined Lockheed.

  • Retired from Lockheed in August 1975.

  • Came back to Lockheed as consultant at request of Navy in 1978--travelling lecturer.

  • Started flying again in 1980 (at age 65) as instructor--continued until 28 September 1984 (date of last flight).

  • Jay was aiming for 31,500 P-3 landings--missed by 3--the 28 September flight brought total to 31,497.

  • Although Jay has had to retire his wings, he will continue to tour U. S. Naval Facilities giving lecturers to P-3 Naval Aviators.

  • Jay passed away in 1996 at Jacksonville Officer's Club of heart failure.

  • Jay is survived by his son Jay Jr., a retired Naval Reserve Captain, who flys for American Airlines.

    Clubs and Honors

  • OX5 Pioneers Club

  • American Airlines Gray Eagle Club

  • Honorary Naval Aviator #13

  • Distinguished Service Medal

  • Honorary Controller at Moffett Field

  • His name is on the gate display P2V at NAS Brunswick, Maine

    UPDATE "...regarding the P2 at NAS Brunswick, Maine with my Dad's name on it: Sometime in the last several years a P-3 was put on static display near the BOQ and my Dad's name was put on it. I assume it was at that time that Lt. Glick's name was put back on the P2..." Jay Beasley, Jr. vr21jrb@aol.com [30DEC98]

  • Room at Barbers Point "O" Club named "Jay Beasley Room"

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