Jetrader - May/June 2012 - (Page 22)
Bill Bath in the cockpit of a Boeing 767 at the ISTAT Conference in Tucson in 2001.
Remembering Bill Bath
ISTAT members, friends share memories of the aviation history enthusiast
Bill Bath, a longtime ISTAT volunteer and good friend of many ISTAT members, died at this home on 25 March 2012. He is survived by his wife Marie Bath and two stepdaughters Jacquelyn and Coraline Dahlin. Bill is probably best known to Jetrader readers for his fascinating Aviation History columns that appeared regularly in the magazine. Bill was a member of the Jetrader Editorial Board and his commitment to continued improvement and quality has helped Jetrader reach its present position. He also served as the administrative director of the ISTAT Appraisers Program Bill was born in Brighton, U.K., in 1929. His lifelong passion and career was aviation. During World War II, at age 14, he went to work at what had been a Marks & Spencer department store. As he described it, instead of selling men’s shirts, he was part of a three-person team comprising a man, a woman and a boy (he being the boy), assembling fuselage center-sections for Lancaster bombers. After the war, he went back to school for a degree in mechanical engineering, gained Professional Engineer status, and joined the Royal Air Force for his two years of mandatory national service, where he became a ﬂight engineer on Lincoln bombers. Back in civilian life, he was a ﬂight engineer with BOAC (the predecessor of today’s British Airways), ﬂying Stratocruisers, Constellations and Britannias. Then it was on to Pam Am in New York as a senior engineer during the challenging days of introducing the Boeing 707 into service. He ﬁlled several positions at Pan Am, including vice president engineering and maintenance on a technical assistance program with Air Zaire in Africa. In 1984, after retiring from Pan Am and becoming a consultant, ﬁrst with Avmark Services and later with PRC Speas, he and John Keitz founded BK Associates, which went on to become one of the major aircraft appraisal ﬁrms. Here are the recollections of some of Bill’s ISTAT friends.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jetrader - May/June 2012
A Message from the President
Q&A: Nicholas E. Calio, Airlines for America
Forecast at ISTAT Americas 2012 Beckons Bright Year Ahead
Fans, Financiers Fancy the Dreamliner on its ‘Dream Tour’
What’s Ahead for the Freighter Conversion Market?
The International Appraiser’s Program
Remembering Bill Bath
Jetrader - May/June 2012