Jay R. Beasley
Biography and Awards
Jay Beasley was born in Waxahachie, Texas August 9, 1914
Jay Beasley was an "Airport Brat" in Fort Worth starting at the age of 13. Flew his first solo flight in a Curtis Pusher in 1932.
Did some barnstorming, instructing and crop dusting in the 1930's--sometimes worked as mechanic when money ran low.
In 1942 flew as Army Air Corps civilian ferry pilot.
Came to Lockheed as test pilot early 1943.
Joined American Airlines as 1st Officer in 1945. Furloughed in December 1947.
Flew as Corporate Chief Pilot for Ibex Corporation until 1952 when he rejoined Lockheed.
Retired from Lockheed in August 1975.
Came back to Lockheed as consultant at request of Navy in 1978--travelling lecturer.
Started flying again in 1980 (at age 65) as instructor--continued until 28 September 1984 (date of last flight).
Jay was aiming for 31,500 P-3 landings--missed by 3--the 28 September flight brought total to 31,497.
Although Jay has had to retire his wings, he will continue to tour U. S. Naval Facilities giving lecturers to P-3 Naval Aviators.
Jay passed away in 1996 at Jacksonville Officer's Club of heart failure.
Jay is survived by his son Jay Jr., a retired Naval Reserve Captain, who flys for American Airlines.
Clubs and Honors
OX5 Pioneers Club
American Airlines Gray Eagle Club
Honorary Naval Aviator #13
Distinguished Service Medal
Honorary Controller at Moffett Field
His name is on the gate display P2V at NAS Brunswick, Maine
"...regarding the P2 at NAS Brunswick, Maine with my Dad's name on it: Sometime in the last several years a P-3 was put on static display near the BOQ and my Dad's name was put on it. I assume it was at that time that Lt. Glick's name was put back on the P2..." Jay Beasley, Jr. email@example.com [30DEC98]
Room at Barbers Point "O" Club named "Jay Beasley Room"
"Jay R. Beasley Memorial Page"