Pilot Brien Wygle Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away
Brien Wygle Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Brien Wygle.
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Brien Wygle has passed away shortly after celebrating his 96th birthday. A renowned aviator, Brien also drove the Thriftway Too and Hawaii Kai III Unlimited hydroplanes from 1957 to 1960.
We are so sorry to say that our dear friend, legendary aviator Brien Wygle has passed away shortly after celebrating his 96th birthday. Brien was an early champion of women in aviation and a Museum trustee from 1992-2014. Most of all, Brien was an extraordinary person, fearless, kind, humble and generous. His contributions to our community will be forever remembered.
Brien Wygle, aviator, thunderboat racer, family man and all around wonderful human being, passed away September 15, 2020. He was 96 years old. Brien was surrounded by his four daughters and a grandson during his final days at home.
I knew Brien, his wife Norma and their daughters growing up as family friends, but Brien became my friend decades later as I researched, wrote and edited Growing Up Boeing. Brien generously shared his best stories with me: what it was like going through test pilot school at Edwards AFB in the early ’50s; letting a very quirky Howard Hughes fly the Dash 80 in 1958 because Boeing wanted him to buy 707s for his airline; racing unlimited hydroplanes in the late 1950s; piloting the 737 with my father as co-pilot on its first flight in 1967, and later thinking briefly he was on his last flight during a 737 flutter test that went awry; being part of the 747 first flight crew. Brien was instrumental in providing anecdotes and context that helped me flesh out the people and incidents I wrote about. And he was an excellent proofreader and editor, helping make sure no errors (and I made many) survived publication.
Brien was a special man. I was honored to get to know him and call him friend. “They don’t make ’em like that anymore.”
Brien left a lasting legacy and will be sorely missed.
Brien Wygle died Tuesday at 96. Aerospace giant. I got to meet Brien, sit at his home and profile him for Boeing’s main magazine Frontiers. He flew in World War II and told me about having to deadstick a landing in Asia, which meant getting a cargo plane on the ground without any power. He was a test pilot who flew every jet for Boeing. I had to ask him: Did you ever have a time when something happened on a Boeing test flight that really got your heart pumping? One time he said. He was over Mount Rainier in a new 737 in the 1970s when he suddenly had to fight to maintain control of it. Wasn’t sure what was wrong, but he kept his cool. He got the airplane safely back on the ground at Boeing Field using a lot of effort, got out and saw that the flaps had come apart and were dangling precariously from both wings. That was a new one for him. Fearless guy. Great pilot. Great life lived. RIP Brien
Sad news… Legendary pilot Brien Wygle has passed away. He had a very celebrated career inside and outside of Boeing. Dad and he were very close friends and flew together many times. I always enjoyed conversations with him.
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