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Capt. William Carr was born in Illinois and grew up in Pasadena, Calif. In June 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and flew as a pilot in the 2nd Foreign Transport Group. He achieved the rank of captain.
He was one of the first Seaboard pilots, hired October 28, 1947. He flew as captain for about three years and left Seaboard in January, 1951.
On January 14, 1952, he was hired by the Douglas Aircraft Company as a test pilot. On the morning of January 31, 1957, he and three other crewmembers took off from Santa Monica Calif. in a brand-new DC‑7B for what was expected to be a routine first flight of a new aircraft. The copilot was Archie Twitchell who had retired from acting after appearing in over 70 films, including "I Wanted Wings" and "Sunset Boulevard." At 25,000 feet, they had a mid-air collision with a Northrop F‑89 Scorpion, a two-seat jet fighter. Both aircraft were severely damaged and went into uncontrollable dives. The radar operator of the F‑89 ejected and survived with serious injuries. The pilot of the F‑89 and the four crewmembers of the DC‑7 were killed. The DC‑7 exploded before impact and most of the wreckage crashed into the playground of the Pacoima Junior High School in Pacoima, Calif. Three boys, ages 12 to 13, were killed. Approximately 74 more students, mostly 12- and 13‑year‑old boys, were injured, some severely.
William Carr was survived by his wife, Margaret; son, Richard; and daughter, Pamela.