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Hall of Fame 1997 - Late Robert Prescott

Late Robert Prescott

He was the man employees were willing to go without pay for when the airline was struggling and on its knees; whose office door was open equally wide for any man or woman on his Flying Tiger Team. In the years during and after World War II, military veterans were given special preference to purchase or lease government surplus aircraft. From the beginning, Prescott has a vision for the company: “We’re unique, so let’s not imitate. Imitation lets you catch up to the guy ahead, but never lets you pass.” The motto in the beginning was “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere”. That motto lasted until the airline was taken over by Federal Express in the late 1980’s. With only six thousand employees around the world, the Flying Tiger Line carried cargo and people to all corners of the planet. From 1945 to 1989 Flying Tigers management, mechanics, office staff, flight attendants, pilots and crew members worked together to build an airline that became a legend. This was the Tiger “Can-do” Spirit, may it never die.

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