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Becvar, George, 1906-1990



  • Existence: 1906-1990

Biographical Note

George Becvar was born in Denver, Colorado on September 30, 1906 to Charles Becvar, Sr., an immigrant from Bohemia (in the modern Czech Republic). The family (which included George's brothers Lou and Chuck) eventually moved to Seattle, Washington and settled on a small farm outside of Kent, Washington.

The family settled into their farm, and their father also worked as a machinist, a trade he had learned in Bohemia. The boys also developed an interest in machinery, and eventually turned this interest into a fascination with flight. George signed up for the full course at the Rankin School of Flying in Portland, Oregon in August 1927, and completed his training in October. He then created the Kent Flying Service, which trained new pilots, made deliveries, and dropped advertisements from the air. The three Becvar brothers ended up joining the Boeing Company in the 1930s, and they all retired in the 1970s, having collectively accumulated nearly 105 years of service at Boeing.


Biography derived from collection materials.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical Information Files - B

Scope and Contents Individuals whose names begin with B: Babcock, Harold E. [Cartographer] Biographical sketch, 2000 Babson, Roger W. [Business expert] Babson, Roger, "Possibilities for Aircraft," Aeronautical Digest, November 1923 Baby, Tony [Museum designer] "Enthusiasm is High for Air Museum Here," Seattle Times, June 26, 1983 ...

The Becvar Family Collection

Identifier: 1992-07-24
Abstract George Becvar (1909-1990) was born in Denver, Colorado and with his brothers Lou (1908-1984) and Chuck (1904-1986) started Kent Flying Service which ran from approximately 1927-1930 in Kent, Washington. The collection consists of the pilot logbook for George Becvar and a scrapbook that primarily covers George Becvar's 1927-1931 flying career.

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