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PHILIP VAN REETH SR.: 1930-2017 : Aviation was a lifelong passion for TWA pilot

Mar 02, 2017 - Chicago Tribune

Philip Van Reeth Sr.'s love affair with aviation began in the 1930s when he was a small child playing outside, his family said.

After hearing a loud noise, he turned his eyes upward and spotted his first plane. He began running after it, tripped over his tricycle and then remained on the ground just staring up at it.

"It was love at first sight," said his daughter, Jeannine. "He told us he could hardly take his eyes off it."

It turned into a lifelong passion. During his decades...