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Posted on: February 18, 2022

Retired pilot, 93, relives old memories at Watsonville Municipal Airport, flies WWII biplane

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He spent the majority of his life flying planes, but never imagined that he’d be back in the pilot’s seat as a 93-year-old retiree. 

Clarke Masters got a chance to relive old memories as he flew a 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane out of the Watsonville Municipal Airport this past weekend. 

Mr. Masters tells us that he and his wife, who recently passed away, owned a similar aircraft in their younger years and would always fly together. In fact, it was his wife who sparked his interest in aviation. He later went on to become a pilot and retired as a Boeing 747 Captain with American Airlines in 1988.

We’re happy to have been part of this memorable experience and are extremely thankful for Watsonville-based pilot, Jack Bernard, who didn’t hesitate to provide Capt. Masters some “stick-time” in this classic WWII biplane trainer. 

Clarke says he’ll be back on his 100th birthday— we’ll see you then, Captain Masters!



Pasó la mayor parte de su vida piloteando aviones, pero nunca imaginó que volvería a estar en el asiento del piloto a sus 93 años.

Clarke Masters tuvo la oportunidad de revivir viejos recuerdos cuando voló un biplano Boeing Stearman de 1942 desde el Aeropuerto Municipal de Watsonville el pasado fin de semana.

El Sr. Masters nos dice que él y su esposa, quien falleció recientemente, tenían un avión similar cuando eran más jóvenes y siempre volavan juntos. De hecho, fue su esposa quien despertó su interés por la aviación. Más tarde se convirtió en piloto y se retiró como capitán de un Boeing 747 en American Airlines en 1988.

Estamos felices de haber sido parte de esta experiencia memorable y estamos extremadamente agradecidos con el piloto con sede en Watsonville, Jack Bernard, quien no dudó en prestarle al Capitán Masters su clásico biplano de entrenamiento de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Clarke dice que regresará en su cumpleaños número 100. ¡Nos vemos para ese entonces, Capitán Masters!


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