2nd Lt. Stanley Mustard and
Captain John D. Mustard Exhibit
Stanley P. Mustard as a Cadet in flight school in 1917, in full flight uniform around 1920, and as a 2nd Lieutenant, Army Air Service, World War I.
Captain John D. Mustard
Captain, US Army Aviation, Vietnam 1964-1965;
Captain, United Airlines, 1967 to 1996
Stanley P. Mustard was born December 11, 1893. He Volunteered for the US Army Air Service in 1917 and his first flight was on May 27, 1918. Stanley and his friend, Reuben Fleet, were the only two boys that became WWI pilots from their home town of Montesano, Grays Harbor County, WA. Stanley was commissioned as 2nd Lt., A.S. (A) on July 11, 1918, and was qualified as Pursuit and Bomber Pilot. 2nd Lt Mustard was assigned as Pursuit Pilot to American Expeditionary Forces on October 29, 1918, to report to Hoboken, New Jersey, to await transportation to France. However, on November 11, 1918, an armistice was signed effectively halting World War I. Stanley was released from active duty on November 25, 1918, but remained a reserve officer until September 23, 1923. He was hoping to fly on a regular basis as a reserve officer, but did not receive additional time. On May 2, 1960, he joined the Order of Daedalians.
After the war Stanley still wanted to fly, and would have been happier as a pilot, but he was the only son so had to take over the family dairy farm. Stanley's friend, Major Reuben Fleet, came out to the farm and wanted Stanley to invest $1,000 in his new airplane company, which became Consolidated Aircraft, then Convair, which later became a part of General Dynamics. Unfortunately, Stanley did not have $1,000 so had to pass on the great investment opportunity. Stanley's love for flying never waned so he started flying again about 1947, and that is how his son, John, got started. Even when he was in his 70ís, Stanley flew with John, and he had a soft, smooth touch at the controls.
John was born in February, 1937, and grew up on the family farm. He enlisted in the Washington State National Guard in June 1955. John later attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on May 23, 1959. In May, 1962, he was promoted to 1st Lt. while in Germany on Liaison duty. Back in the states, John attended the US Army Aviation School in Fort Wolters, Texas, and Fort Rucker, Alabama, and graduated on January 28, 1964. In March, 1964, John was assigned to the 52nd Aviation Battalion in Pleiku, Vietnam, where he was promoted to Captain on August 14, 1964. A year later, John left Vietnam in late August, 1965, and was soon assigned as Flight Instructor at Fort Wolters, TX. In April, 1967, John resigned from active duty in the US Army. Throughout his US Army tour, John qualified in the following aircraft: OH-13, OH-23, TH-55, UH-19, UH-1 (Huey).
John began his career with United Airlines on June 12, 1967. He was initially based in Washington, DC, but was eventually transferred to San Francisco. John flew as flight engineer at first then later flew as co-pilot while based in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. John also flew as Relief Pilot on the B-747 on long haul flights to the Pacific region, mostly to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney, Australia. John later became Captain flying mostly domestic flights, with some schedules to Paris, France, as well as Maui, Hawaii. John retired in November, 2002, after extended medical leave due to several back operations. He currently resides in Tyler, TX.
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