Robert N. Buck
|Robert Nietzel Buck|
Buck in 2003
January 29, 1914|
Elizabeth, New Jersey
|Died||April 14, 2007
|Parents||Abijah Orange Buck (1869–1932)
He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on January 29, 1914 to Abijah Orange Buck (1869–1932) and Emily Nietzel. Emily was Abija's second wife, and she was the daughter of Elizabeth Bellingrath.
On October 4, 1930 he beat the junior transcontinental airspeed record of Eddie August Schneider in his PA-6 Pitcairn Mailwing he named "Yankee Clipper". His time was 23 hours, and 47 minutes of elapsed flying time. The junior record only counts time in the air and excludes time spent on the ground. Robert said on February 6, 2005: "I was the youngest to fly coast to coast and that record still stands. I had my license at 16 and after that, they raised the minimum age to 17. With that change no one could break my record."
In 1965 he flew around the world from pole to pole in a Boeing 707. This was done with several other pilots in shifts. In 1970 he flew TWA's first Boeing 747 on Flight 800 from New York City to Paris. He retired from TWA at age 60 on January 28, 1974.
He was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey in 1981.
- 1914 Birth in Elizabeth, New Jersey
- 1930 (circa) Move to Westfield, New Jersey
- 1930 Pilots license
- 1930 Junior Transcontinental air speed record
- 1931 Flight to Havana
- 1932 Flight to Mexico City
- 1937 Begins at TWA co-piloting DC-2s and DC-3s
- 1939 Howard Hughes buys TWA
- 1943 November, flying B-17G "Two Kind Words" for severe weather atmospheric research.
- 1945 Chief pilot at TWA
- 1945 Lockheed Constellation introduced at TWA
- 1965 Pole to pole around the world flight in Flying Tigers B-707-320G
- 1970 First 747 commercial flight for TWA
- 1970 Writes Weather Flying
- 1973 Time magazine reports: "Jumbo Jet Pilot Robert Buck maintains that soaring is no more hazardous than flying in a commercial airliner"
- 1974 Retires from TWA on January 28
- 1974 Living in Vermont
- 1975 Writes Flying Know-How
- 1981 Induction into the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey
- 1992 Writes Art of Flying'
- 2000 (circa) The Active Retired Pilots of TWA (TARPA) Award of Merit
- 2000 Writes Pilot's Burden: Flight Safety and the Roots of Pilot Error
- 2002 Appears on NPR Morning Edition on April 15
- 2007 Died in Vermont on April 14 at the age of 93
- Flying Know-How. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press/E. Friede. 1975. ISBN 0-440-04934-2.
- The Art of Flying. New York: Macmillan. 1984. ISBN 0-02-518220-X.
- The Pilot's Burden: Flight Safety and the Roots of Pilot Error. Ames: Iowa State University. 1994. ISBN 0-8138-2357-9.
- Weather Flying. New York: McGraw-Hill. 1998. ISBN 0-07-008761-X.
- North Star Over my Shoulder: A Flying Life. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2002. ISBN 0-7432-1964-3.
Junior transcontinental air speed record 
- Margalit Fox (May 20, 2007). "Robert N. Buck Dies at 93. Was Record-Setting Aviator.". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-21. "Robert N. Buck, a distinguished pilot who in the 1930s crossed the continent at record speed, flew a light plane higher than anyone had done before and photographed ancient ruins of the Yucatán from the air for the first time — all by the age of 20 — died on April 14 in Berlin, Vermont. ..."
- Robert Buck (2002). North Star Over my Shoulder: A Flying Life. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-1964-3.
- "Dr. Abijah O. Buck, Surgeon, Is Dead.". New York Times. "Was Long Chief Practitioner of Singer Manufacturing Company in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Served As Major In War. Army Training Camp Where He Was Medical Officer Had Lowest Grip Death Rate. Aviation Enthusiast."
- "Robert N. Buck". Times Argus. April 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-21. "North Fayston resident Bob Buck, an aviator who set flying records in the 1930s, made an airline career with TWA to include the position of chief pilot, conducted severe weather research, flew with Hollywood stars, worked for Howard Hughes, was an advocate for aviation safety and industry consultant as well as a noted author, passed away April 14, 2007, at age 93. He died of complications from a broken hip. Bob was born in Elizabeth Port, N.J., January 29, 1914. ..."
- "Boy flyer set to try at transcontinental record.". Decatur Daily Review. September 27, 1930.
- Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois; September 29, 1930; Boy aviator in quest of record.
- Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois; October 1, 1930; Boy flier hops off second time
- "Boy Flier Plans Return Air Trip". Decatur Daily Review. October 5, 1930. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- "Weather pioneer Robert N. Buck dies at 93". Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- "2 Die as Planes Crash at Field. Eddie Schneider, Who Flew At 15, Is Killed When His Craft And Navy Trainer Collide. Passenger Also Victim. US Ship Is Landed Safely At Floyd Bennett Airport Despite Damaged Wings.". New York Times. December 24, 1940. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
- Robert N. Buck at Find a Grave
- Robert Nietzel Buck at Valley Reporter
- Robert Nietzel Buck at Times Argus
- Robert Nietzel Buck at Davis-Monthan Airfield Register
- Robert Nietzel Buck at AVWeb
- Robert N. Buck on National Public Radio