|AIR BAHAMA HISTORY BY FRED COX||CREW FRIENDSHIP REUNION WEBSITE FIRST PUBLISHED JULY 16, 2000|
FOUNTAINBLEU HILTON, MIAMI
A wonderful evening in Miami |
at the Ray Anthony Show in 1968.
In the front founder of Executive Jet
and co-founder of International Air Bahama,
Dick Lassiter with wife Helene (Falk),
Gudrun Johansson and Ray Anthony, Betty
Frieders, Gunilla Kay Kuylenstierna,
Gun Vidal and Gunilla Hammar
EXECUTIVE JET - |
In the early 1960s, retired Air Force General Dick Lassiter told actor Jimmy Stewart (whom he’d gotten to know during a stint as a technical advisor on war movies) about his plan to launch a private jet charter service for the powerful business executives and celebrities. Stewart agreed to kick in money, as did TV star Arthur Godfrey. Another well-known military man, General Paul Tibbetts (captain of the Enola Gay) got involved, too. This crew launched Executive Jet in centrally located Columbus in 1964, and promptly bought the first Learjets that rolled off production lines. Executive Jet became the pioneer of private jet chartering, known for its fast planes and attractive stewardesses (Lassiter was said to have had a taste for both). But the business went through management shake-ups and was hit hard by the oil crisis of the mid-‘70s.
OLBERT F. LASSITER
US AIR FORCE BIOGRAPHY
US Air Force Combat Hero
444th Bomb Group (VHS)
58th Bomb Wing - 20th Air Force
Tony LeVeir (Lockheed), Gene May (Douglas),
Capt. Chuck Yeager (Air Force),
Fred Becher (Northup) and
Col. Olbert "Dick" Lassiter
CHIEF OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE COMMAND POST|
General Lassiter was chief of the U.S. Air Force Command Post, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, was assigned to his present duties in August 1963. A command pilot, he started his military career in the Florida National Guard while an engineering student at the University of Florida.
||WORLD´S DISTANCE AND SPEED RECORDS|
In 1947 General Lassiter flew the B-29 "Pacusan Dreamboat" for the world's distance record and the world's speed record for 5,000 kilometers and 10,000 kilometers. In addition, he broke the U.S. transcontinental record in 1948.