Capt. Robert E. Snowden, Jr.

12/25/13 - 4/21/10

Photo courtesy of Robert Snowden III
Move cursor over photo to see colorized version by Capt. Ken Kahn

Capt. Bob Snowden started flying in 1928 at age 15 and had his pilot's license at 16. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. The photo shows him in his Navy uniform. Bob was one of the first Seaboard pilots hired in 1947. He kept very busy after he retired. In 1973, Bob founded SPAR (Seaboard Pilots Association Retirees). He was a member and had been president of the Long Island Early Flier's Club and was a member of the Quiet Birdmen. He was a volunteer at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City L.I. at what had been Mitchel Field. He also flight-instructed for many years, collected antique cars, sailed, and played tennis, golf and bridge. His last airplane ride was in the summer of 2009, when he was 95, in Capt. Lou Furlong's Super Cub.

On March 1, 2009, Bob was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Margorie. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Ziegler; and son, Robert III.

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