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The 747: A Tumultuous Beginning
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Ron Marasco began his airline career in 1956 as a flight engineer with Pan Am. From the beginning of the 747 operation until 1984, he held senior positions, including vice president of maintenance and engineering associated with all phases of 747 maintenance. After leaving Pan Am, he continued his involvement as senior vice president of operations for Flying Tigers and was the operations executive who spearheaded the start-up and FAA certification of Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo, all of which had 747 cargo fleets.

He received the Air Transportation Association's prestigious Nuts and Bolts Award for outstanding professional leadership and management skills in airline maintenance and engineering spanning a career of forty years, and in celebration of his pioneering work in introducing the 747, into commercial service.

He currently is a Pan Am Historical Foundation board member and lives with his wife, Barbara, in East Hampton, New York.

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