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Thursday, March 27, 2014

NWA/DL Capt. James Lee Maroney

~ IN MEMORY ~

NWA/DL Capt. James Lee Maroney

November 24, 1954 ~ March 23, 2014

 

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Notification with the passing of Marine Corps veteran NWA/DL Captain James L. ‘Jim’ ‘Fang’ Maroney, age 59.  Captain Maroney joined Northwest Airlines 09-20-1985 and was currently  with Delta Air Lines at the time of his mishap.  Captain Maroney was enroute to Florida for an air show event when his plane crashed in Cherokee National Forest last Sunday evening.

 

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.boulgerfuneralhome.com/  or 

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=Jim-Maroney&pid=170395098   Much more detailed information of Captain Maroney’s aviation career may be found at website  http://www.superchipmunkairshows.com/about-1/ 

 

Captain Maroney is survived by his wife Susan Antone Maroney.  To the best of my knowledge, their mailing address for personal condolences would be  

PO Box 528 , Brookfield  WI 53008-0528   Funeral services with military honors will be held at the Fargo Air Museum on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Jim to the Fargo Air Museum.

 
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner,
PCN death notice communicator
death@pilotcommunication.net
http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
 

Obituary:

 

Jim "Fang" Maroney, 59, Milwaukee, WI, left this earth on March 23, 2014 in Madisonville, TN on route to an event in New Smyrna, FL. Jim was born November 24, 1954, a native of Casselton, ND to Maury and Myrtle Maroney.

 

Jim received his degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California- Fresno prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corp. Jim met Susan Antone in California during his tour of duty at El Toro Marine Corp Air Station, they married in 1993 and made their home(s) first in Fargo, ND and Washington State and then in Wisconsin.

 

After college he joined the Marine Corp and graduated first out of 1500 pilots from Naval Flight Training and was rated first at Naval Training Weapons School - Top Gun. He has flown various types of aircraft. Jim joined the North Dakota Air National Guard in 1985, where he became a Squadron Group Commander, retiring in 2002 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Employed by Delta Airlines, Jim's aviation career continued to advance from line pilot, to Lead Check Airman overseeing 757/767 aircraft fleets to his most recent position as the Seattle-based Chief Pilot overseeing 600 pilots. In addition to his 'career' flying, Jim was a well-respected, professional airshow pilot.

 

Jim is survived by the love of his life, Susan; his sister Kathy (Jerry) Rohrig; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his father and hero (Maury).

 

A funeral service and military tribute will be held at the Fargo Air Museum on Monday March 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Jim to the Fargo Air Museum.

 

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home. Online guestbook at:   www.boulgerfuneralhome.com 

.Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2014


 

Gathering:1-2:00 P.M. at the Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave N., Fargo.

Funeral Service:2:00 P.M. at the Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave N., Fargo.

Arrangements:Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo


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Jim “Fang” Maroney was a top fighter pilot and renowned air show performed who was slated to perform in the New Smyrna Beach and Balloon Fest this Saturday and Sunday.

 

Veteran airshow pilot Jim 'Fang' Maroney dead after crashing 'Chipmunk' aircraft in Cherokee National Forest

 

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 4:57 pm |  Updated: 7:59 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.  

 

VONORE — The pilot of a de Havilland DHC-1 that crashed Sunday in Cherokee National Forest has been identified as a veteran airshow performer, Jim "Fang" Maroney, 59, of Brookfield, Fla.


Maroney, whose Super Chipmunk Airshows was scheduled to perform this weekend in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., was found dead Monday morning after searchers located the aircraft, which had been reported missing Sunday night. The de Havilland DHC-1 is also known as the Chipmunk.

 

Jim “Fang” Maroney, 59, Milwaukee, WI, left this earth on March 23, 2014 in Madisonville, TN on route to an event in New Smyrna, FL.  Jim was born November 24, 1954, a native of Casselton, ND to Maury and Myrtle Maroney.   As a toddler, growing up in Casselton, Jim was seen always with an airplane in his hands and grew proficient at flying RC aircraft. Later in life, Jim and his dad won top honors at the RC Top Gun “invitation only” competition.  Jim went to Casselton High School and was a graduate of West Fargo High School.  He was never at loss for a good laugh or a clever practical joke.

 

Jim received his degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California- Fresno prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corp. He is survived by his wife, Susan. After meeting in California during his tour of duty  at El Toro Marine Corp Air Station, they married in 1993 and made their home(s) first in Fargo, ND and Washington State and then in Wisconsin.

 

Jim began his flying career at the age of four, taking his first flight in a modified J3 Cub. His mentor, Jim’s dad, flew the P-51 Mustang based on Iwo Jima, during WW II. Jim has been flying solo aerobatics since the 1970’s. After college he joined the Marine Corp and graduated first out of 1500 pilots from Naval Flight Training and was rated first at Naval Training Weapons School – Top Gun.  He has flown various types of aircraft ranging from the military T2C, FA-18 Hornet, F-4 Phantom and F-16 Viper, to the commercial Boeing 747. Everywhere Jim got behind a control stick, he succeeded.  Jim joined the North Dakota Air National Guard in 1985, where he became a Squadron Group Commander.  With his military retirement postponed, after 9/11, Jim patrolled the skies above Washington D.C. and New York, retiring in 2002 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Employed by Delta Airlines, Jim’s aviation career continued to advance from line pilot, to Lead Check Airman overseeing 757/767 aircraft fleets to his most recent position as the Seattle-based Chief Pilot overseeing 600 pilots conducting international/global operations 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  In addition to his ‘career’ flying, Jim was a well -respected, professional airshow pilot and mentor, performing in the DeHavilland Super Chipmunk.  Jim also owned and operated an MX-S, Comanche and ‘Lil Toot’.

 

Jim was a member of numerous aviation based organizations to include EAA and AOPA, as well as serving as an A.C.E (Aerobatic Competency Evaluator) for I.C.A.S (International Council of Airshows).

 

Jim is survived by the love of his life, Susan; his sister Kathy (Jerry) Rohrig; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Jim was preceded in death by his father and hero (Maury).


 

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According to his website, in 1981 Maroney graduated No. 1 out of 1,500 pilots from Naval Flight Training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. In 1983, he was rated No. 1 in his class at the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, “Top Gun,” at Naval Air Station Miramar.

 

He flew F/A-18 Hornets for the Marine Corps until 1985, when he transferred to the North Dakota Air National Guard, according to his press kit. While in the Guard, Maroney flew the F-4 Phantom and F-16 Fighting Falcon, becoming squadron and group commander during his time.  In 2002, he retired from the military.

 

Distress signal Sunday night

 

The plane was reported missing Sunday night after distress signals were picked up by Civil Air Patrol, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Lifestar helicopters.

 

The aircraft — a single-engine World War II-era de Havilland DHC-1 — was reported missing Sunday evening after it didn’t arrive at its destination. The flight originated in French Lick, Ind., was en route to Franklin County Airport in Canon, GA.

 

Officials with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office told media the wreckage was found in the Cherokee National Forest in Goat Creek on the north side of a mountain and the south side of a ridge, but crews were able to access the area by air. The pilot was the only person on board the antique aircraft.

If the weather holds, personnel will attempt to extricate the Maroney's body.

The aircraft went off radar at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Blount County area and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office received a report later that night that a plane out of French Lick was missing in the area. Crews began searching for the downed DHC-1 aircraft at 9:30 p.m, and the last Blount County searcher left at 5 a.m. The distress signal was located in the Indian Boundary area of Cherokee National Forest and Blount County turned the search over to Monroe County, according to Blount Public Information Officer Marian O’Briant.

A command center was set up at Topoca.

Also involved in the search were the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, National Park Service, Blount County Fire Department, Blount County Rescue Squad, Rural/Metro Ambulance the Civil Air Patrol, and the Blount Special Operations Response Team began searching for the aircraft at around 9:30 p.m.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter pinpointed the plane’s emergency locator transmitter in Monroe County and THP located the wreackage at sunrise today.

An investigation into the crash continues.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Donna Catlin, widow of NWA Capt. Bruce K. Catlin


~ IN MEMORY ~
former NWA stewardess Donna M. CATLIN , widow of NWA Capt. Bruce Catlin
June 25, 1926 ~ March 23, 2014

Notification with the passing of RNPA member Donna Marie neĆ© Osterberg Catlin, former Ice Follies skater, early NWA stewardess and widow of NWA Captain Bruce Knoff Catlin.  I found a fun article from The Evening Tribune newspaper in Albert Lea, Minnesota, dated Monday, February 4, 1946:  “Donna Osterberg, line skater with the Ice Follies the past three years was named Rochester Snow Queen at a ball Saturday night sponsored by the Lions' club. Previously named queens from Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Faribault and Red Wing looked on as she was crowned. All will be guests at the St. Paul Victory carnival later this month.”  Donna was 87 years of age at the time of her passing.  Captain Catlin joined Northwest 01-08-1943 and retired in 1976.   Captain Catlin born June 26, 1916, passed on March 11, 1999.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.robertsfuneralandcremation.com/  or 
Thank you,
~ Carol 

Donna M. CATLIN Obituary
Age 87, of Inver Grove Heights Passed away on March 23, 2014 Preceded in death by husband Bruce. Survived by son Todd (Maribeth) and son Bruce (Catherine); grandchildren Erica, Jessica, Ethan, and Methea. Born and raised in Rochester, MN. Donna was a professional ice skater with the Ice Follies for seven years. She was a flight attendant for five years with Northwest Airlines where she met her husband Bruce, who was a pilot. She enjoyed an active life, playing tennis into her later years, and traveling extensively. Memorial Service 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 26 at Roberts Funeral Home, 8108 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights, 651-455-2035. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to ASPCA. www.robertsfuneralandcremation.com   8108 Barbara Ave. E., Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077   (651) 455-2035
.Published in Pioneer Press from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2014
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Bruce K. Catlin: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name: Bruce K. Catlin
State of Issue: Florida
Date of Birth: Monday  June  26, 1916
Date of Death: Thursday  March  11, 1999
Age at Death: 82 years, 8 months, 13 days

Friday, March 21, 2014

WA/DL Capt. William Lauchland Mac Lean

~ IN MEMORY ~

WA/DL Capt. William ‘Bill’ Lauchland Mac Lean

March 30, 1933 ~ March 12, 2014

 

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Delta Pioneer members....  Mrs. William Lauchland Mac Lean writes that her husband retired WA/DL Capt. Bill Mac Lean passed away March 12th.  Bill was nearing his 81st birthday at the time of his passing.  Captain Mac Lean joined Western Airlines 07-22-1957 and retired with Delta Air Lines with 30+ years of service, based Los Angeles. 

Survived by his wife Jo Ann, personal condolences may be sent to their residence at   

23817 Posey Lane,  Canoga Park  CA 91304-5239  ...  (818) 348-2364

 

Service arrangements are not known.  Should we hear more we will be sure to update our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/

 

Thank you,
~ Carol