Capt. R.C. Sharp was born in New Jersey He entered the U.S. Navy in the fall of 1961 and earned his wings in 1961. During his active duty that lasted until 1968, "Spanky," as he was known in the Navy, flew off the carriers Lake Champlain, Lexington, and Essex; among others. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1974.
R.C. graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master's Degree in History, and was a noted historian. He moved to Maryland, then to sunny Florida where he met his wife, Theresa. They were married in 1992, and lived in Boca Raton.
R.C. joined Seaboard in 1968, and flew as First Officer and then Captain until his medical retirement from Flying Tigers in 1987. He also flew for Evergreen during a period of furlough from Seaboard.
R.C. is survived by Theresa, his son, Jeff (who is a pilot), his daughter, Susan, and her husband Sean, and her two children. Also surviving are Theresa's son, Frank, and his wife Marcia, their two boys; daughter, Jillian, and her husband and son. He is seen here in a Flying Tigers uniform,