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McMurray, Henry S., 1921-2021



  • Existence: 1921-2021

Biographical Note: Henry "Sandy" McMurray

Henry S. "Sandy" McMurray was born July 14, 1921 in Hayward, California. After attending San Jose State College for 2 years, McMurray joined the Army Air Force and served from November 7, 1941 to January 6, 1946. During the war he achieved the rank of Major. After the World War II, McMurray became a full time pilot.

McMurrary flew for United Airlines for two and half years, but most of his career was spent at Boeing. There he worked as a Chief Production Test Pilot for commercial aircraft. During his tenure, he flew many Boeing aircraft, including the B-50, 377, KB-29, KC-97, B-47, B-52, KC-135, 707, 720, 727, 737, and the 747.

McMurray retired from flying in March 2004. Henry "Sandy" McMurray died in 2021 at 99 years of age.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Henry S. McMurray Logbooks and Military Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2011-07-28
Contents of the Collection The Henry S. McMurray Logbooks and Military Records contains logbooks, military records, and an autobiographical DVD that document the career of pilot Henry S. McMurray from 1937-2011. The materials cover McMurray's training as an Aviation Cadet, his service in Europe with the Eighth Air Force during World War II, and his careers as a commercial pilot with United Airlines and as a production test pilot with Boeing. The bulk of the collection is comprised of nine logbooks dating from...

McMurray, Henry "Sandy" -- oral history interview, 2020 February 27

Scope and Contents Pilot Henry Sanford “Sandy” McMurray is interviewed about his military and commercial flying careers. He discusses his service with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, including his flight training with the Civilian Pilot Training Program, his service with the 305th Bombardment Group in the European Theater, and his service with the Air Transport Command in the Pacific Theater. He then shares highlights from his time as a commercial pilot for ONAT (Orvis Nelson Air Transport) and...

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