5/3/02 Maureen O'Hara supports the Pan Am Documentary Project
Legendary actress Maureen O'Hara has joined
the supporters of the Pan Am Documentary Project. In addition to a letter
of support, Ms. O'Hara will be interviewed for the documentary film
and Educational DVD.
Maureen O'Hara's association with Pan Am began after she married Charles
Blair, a renown naval and air force aviator who also became a Pan Am
pilot. After Captain Blair's long career with Pan Am, he "retired"
by starting a flying boat service in the Virgin Islands in 1963. Antilles
Air Boats Inc. served as an inter-island shuttle for many years. Then,
on September 2, 1978, while Captain Blair was piloting a Grumman Goose
from St. Croix to St. Thomas, his plane developed engine trouble and
crashed. He was killed instantly.
Ms. O'Hara, who had been on Antilles Air Boat's board of directors,
assumed the role of president of the company and successfully led the
company for several years. Her love of Charlie Blair was equally matched
by her tenacity and love for the airline business.