Endurance flight co-pilot Woody Jongeward dies (Yuma Sun)
July 22, 2011 6:32 PM
Yuma lost a piece of history when Woody Jongeward, 93, the last living pilot of the record-setting City of Yuma Endurance Flight, died Thursday night at his home in San Diego.
“He was a great man, as a person and as a father. He was the best father a person could ever have,” said Karen Jongeward, Woody’s daughter. “He sure gave us a lot of fun times.”
Jongeward was born April 12, 1918, in Elk River, Minn. When he was 6, his family relocated to California for a few years before finally settling in Salome, Ariz., in 1929.
Jongeward briefly attended Arizona State University until the United States entered World War II. He promptly withdrew from college and enrolled in the Army Air Corps Civilian Pilot Program inPrescott, Ariz., to hone his skills as a pilot.
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