Naval Aviator During World War II

  • Rodney Stich has an unusual background, starting in December 1940, when he joined the U.S. Navy, after which he became a Naval Aviator instructing in PBY Catalina aircraft and then was designated a Patrol Plane Commander (PPC) in the four-engine Liberator and Privateer aircraft. He was the youngest Patrol Plane Commander during World War II.

Stich assignment to famous Navy squadron.

International Airline Captain

  • International airline captain for many years after the end of World War II. See His primary airline (due to frequent business-caused furloughs) was Oakland-based Transocean Airlines, which was features in three Saturday Evening Post articles calked, "The Daring Young Men of Transocean Airlines." It was a very unusual worldwide airline. Pilots would routinely be scheduled for passenger flights within the United States, throughout the Pacific, and to Europe and the Middle East. Flights varied from passengers to hauling 1,600 monkeys from India to the United states for the Salk polio program, flying plane loads of Muslim pilgrims from, throughout the Middle East to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina; being stuck in Iranian revolutions, and much more. Once the aircraft left the home base, the captains were on their own, handling decision-making, route planning, and emergency decisions without company help.

  • Pictures, including as airline captain.

Former World War II Navy Pilot Sharing Japan Airlines Cockpit
With Former World War II Japanese Navy pilots

  • Transocean Airlines started up Japan Airlines in 1951, prior to the 1951 Japanese peace treaty taking effect in 1952, providing the initial aircraft, Martin 202s and U.S. captions, all former U.S. wartime pilots in the 4recentlky ended war with Japan. This led to the unique situation, such as Stich experienced, or a U.S. Navy World War II pilot sharing the cockpit with Japanese World War II military pilots. Stich had one of the first Japanese pilot licenses, Airline Transport Pilot number 170. Ironically, his copilots while flying for Japan Airlines included former Japanese war pilots who were his adversaries while he was a Naval Aviator in World War II.


    In his international airline flying, he became involved in numerous interesting experiences. Two of these included flying planeloads of Muslims from throughout the Middle East to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina; and being caught in an Iranian revolution in 1953. (These are described in his book, David vs. Goliath: 9/11 and Other Tragedies.


    Federal Airline Safety Inspector

    In 1961, as airline disasters were a common event, sometimes occurring every few months, he was hired by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). One of those airline disasters set a world record, and was a United Airlines DC-8 that crashed into the Brooklyn section of New York City. That horrific aviation disasters occurred on December 16, 1960. Corruption enabled that disaster to occur, and ironically, 40 years later, New York City experienced another world record experienced another and even more horrific world record aviation event: September 11, 2001. Those were also enabled by corruption.

    FAA Inspector Rodney Stich, center


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