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Archives at The Museum of Flight

Part 2, 2017 June 28

In this two-part oral history, Vietnam War veteran Jerry Coy is interviewed about his 40-year career in military and commercial aviation. In part two, he discusses his final assignments with the United States Air Force and his career as a commercial pilot for Northwest Airlines, circa late 1980s to 2008. He also touches on his post-retirement activities. Topics discussed include his service with the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, his experiences flying the Boeing 727 and 747, flight crew duties and flight logistics with Northwest Airlines, and his service with The Museum of Flight Docent Corps.

Table of Contents: Service with the 8th Fighter Squadron -- Operational readiness inspection and aerial combat training -- Decision to leave the Air Force -- Transition to commercial aviation -- Background on Northwest Airlines -- Flying the Boeing 727 and 747 -- Dealing with engine failures -- Flying from Seattle to Tokyo -- Flying into Tokyo/Narita -- Landing in Hong Kong -- Final flight -- Post-retirement activities and becoming a Museum of Flight docent


  • 2017 June 28

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. Interviews are being made available online on an ongoing basis. For more information contact us.


3.22 Gigabytes (1 master video file, 1 access video file, 1 PDF transcript)

1 Digital recordings : 44 min., 44 sec.

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