156th Fighter Squadron Pilot

Wild about aviation since his first airplane ride in 1933, Lt. Col. (Ret) Ralph Easterling recently shared his experiences as a fighter pilot in World War II. Lt. Col. Easterling was the keynote speaker at the second annual 156th Airlift Squadron’s Dining Out in September where he talked about his activities flying for the Fifth Army Air Force in the Pacific Theater. Shortly after the war in 1948 he joined the North Carolina Air National Guard in what was then the 156th Fighter Squadron. In the years following, he ably served his country in both the Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserve. Furthermore and consistent with his great love of flying, Easterling has been a member of Charlotte’s Aviation Commission responsible for the growth and development of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. (Photo by Master Sgt. Keith Dennis)

PHOTO BY: Master Sgt. Keith Dennis
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