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About Andrew McDonough
Andrew got his start like many: his father was a Naval Aviator between the wars and joined Eastern Airlines once off active duty. He earned his commercial and instrument ratings while a junior in college by flying three days a week and being a "line boy" at Holiday Air Associates located at Opa Locka field (OPF), near Miami where he grew up. After college and military service, his first civilian job was as Manager and then Chief Flight Instructor at the Naval Air Station Aero Club in Alameda, then he got a job “flying the line” with California Air Charter (forerunner to Ameriflight). Using the G.I. Bill to earn his Flight Engineer (Jet Powered) certificate, Andrew was ready when Hawaiian Airlines was hiring, so off to sunny Hawaii to “wrench," first on the venerable DC-8 (his father’s last captaincy was on that model), then on the L-1011, working up to the right seat after five years on the Tri-Star. A "route purchase agreement" with Northwest Airlines allowed 41 pilots from Hawaiian to join the Northwest pilots union (at the bottom of the seniority list), so he went to NWA, first “wrenching" on the B-727, DC-10, then moving onto the B-747-200, A-330, and A-320. He retired from Delta in the summer of 2013 and has been enjoying retired life, flying general aviation airplanes occasionally and sailing the waters on San Francisco Bay.
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