Entrepreneur and aviation pioneer known as the former CEO of Pan Am, who produced the first Boeing 747 under his watch. He was previously appointed Administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency by President
He was a test pilot in the United States Navy during World War II.
His May 1945 jet flight from California to Maryland became the first successful transcontinental flight in United States history.
He was married three times and fathered several children, including Lisa Halaby, also known as Queen Noor of Jordan.
He served as the Civil Aviation Adviser to King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia.