Major Robert Allen Swanson 12/1916 – 4/2016
It is my sad duty to inform you that America has lost another member of the Greatest Generation. The family of Major Robert Allen Swanson has requested the Patriot Guard Riders stand and honor their hero and family member. It will be our honor to do so.
Major Robert Allan Swanson learned to fly on a grass airstrip in Chicago which is now O’Hare International airport. He flew in WWII from 1942-1946. In 1946 he flew a P-51 named “Second Fiddle” in the Cleveland Air Races. This plane is still on display at the Crawford Aviation Museum in Cleveland. He was Manager of Flight Safety International from 1959 until 1980 in Miami. He also flew cargo out of Miami for Equatoriana and Tan Airlines during this time. He was transferred to the Atlanta area in 1980. He trained pilots on the Jetstar out of Flight Safety’s Marietta office until he was 90 years old. Bob and his wife Margret Jane started a van/bus service from Rome Ga. to the Atlanta airport called Shuttletran. It is still in service today.
He was married to his wife Margret Jane for 74 Years. They had Five children Nine grandchildren and five great grands as well as extended family and friends throughout the world.
He was able to live at home until his death at the age of 99.God speed.