A flying dream

Although 70 years apart, two related pilots contribute to Israeli aviation history.

By JONATHAN EVERETT MASENG
April 13, 2016 17:22
John Trygve

US air force pilot John Trygve in his flight gear from WWII. (photo credit: JONATHAN EVERETT MASENG)

 
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The big news in Israeli aviation circles this month was the opening of a new nonstop route between San Francisco and Tel Aviv by United Airlines. The route linking America’s hi-tech capital with the capital of high tech in the Middle East, and launched with some fanfare, as United assigned its most advanced plane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the route.

What hasn’t been reported, though, is that one of the three pilots flying the inaugural flight on March 30 has a strange connection to Israel. That pilot is my cousin, John Maseng, and this is the story of how both of them – non-Jews who share the name John Maseng – made Israeli aviation history nearly 70 years apart.

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