Air Transport World

Vignettes of a 'graduation.' (Air Wisconsin's William Preston retires) (column)

Appleton, Wis.-When Sgt. Preston Wilbourne returned to his family's farm near Duke, N.C. after World War 11 service with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-29 mechanic and flight engineer, he took time to check out career opportunities in the area, finally setting his sights on a job with Piedmont Aviation and its budding local-service airline, beginning one of the pivotal careers in U.S. commuter-airline history. He would devote 15 years to building experience for a once-in-a-lifetime challenge that was to come.

This past June 1, Press," as he is known to a host of friends and associates, handed over the Air Wisconsin presidency to William J. Andres, who has served AW as executive vice president and chief operating officer for three years. Press will continue as chairman while closing out 40 years of a fabulous civil-aviation management career. …

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