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Monday, April 6, 2020

NC/RC/NWA Capt. Randall Lee Sohn

NC/RC/NWA Capt. Randall Lee Sohn
February 1, 1934 – April 1, 2020

This news was received from the RNPA group… the passing of retired North Central/Republic/Northwest Airlines pilot Captain Randy Sohn, age 86.  A brief death notice is available online at  
More of Capt. Sohn’s bio and career information is available on Facebook at
Long time CAF Colonel and the man who helped fly FIFI out of China Lake back in 1971, Randy Sohn, has flown west. Please take a moment to watch this video from his induction to the CAF Hall of Fame to learn a little about a remarkable man who will be dearly missed.

Randy Sohn was a Minnesota aviation, warbird, and CAF legend. He flew most every warbird we see gracing the skies today, including the B-29 FIFI out of China lake. Randy was a wonderful teacher and passed along his warbird knowledge in the form of his warbird notes. Blue skies Randy.

For those wishing to send a personal note, the family’s most recent address is listed in whitepages as
7621 W 136th St.,  Savage MN 55378-1738.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary:   Sohn, Randall Lee
Sohn, Randall Lee of Savage Minnesota. Born - Feb 1934 in Lake Park Iowa Died April 1 2020 Randy is survived by his wife Judith Joy Sohn, daughter Sari (Jim) Hughes, son Mike (Luwela) Sohn and grandson Dayne Sohn; he was preceded in death by his parents Casey and Molly Sohn and sister Patty. Randy was born to be a pilot, although he began life in the cornfields of Minnesota. He was a complex man who rose above a fairly pedestrian background, exercising his creativity, determination and ingenuity to achieve extraordinary things. Randy went from his first flying lesson in January '53, to the Air Force in August '53, to graduating in the Reese AFB '55 class of aviation cadets. He and his first wife JoAnn married in '56, had Sari at Reese AFB in Lubbock TX, and Mike at Offutt AFB in Omaha NE. The family settled in Minneapolis where Randy became a pilot for North Central/ Republic/ Northwest Airlines in May 1960 and retired flying DC10's and 747's in 1994. Randy became a Flight Instructor rated for multi-engine aircraft in 1958, and added most WWII aircraft over the following years as an actively involved member of the Commemorative Air Force. Randy married Judy in August '91, moving to a quiet lake house with a multitude of storage buildings for all his cars, magazines, and books. He was inducted into the EAA Warbirds Hall of Fame in 1998. He was an enthusiastic participant in multiple aviation foundations, interest groups, and forums, as pilot/ instructor/ check pilot/ tractor aficionado/ mentor/ raconteur/ writer. His family finds his astonishing Google presence to be as baffling as it is heartwarming. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has placed his computer in remote quarantine, so the multitude of his memberships and accomplishments known only to his iMac will have to be shared by his friends on the many global forums and websites in which he so delighted. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Strobeck Johnson 952-938-9020

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  1. https://www.washburn-mcreavy.com/obituaries/Randall-Sohn/