Class Of 1964 USAF Academy

Gone But Not Forgotten

LtCol (USAF, Ret) Jack Casella Paterno, Jr. passed away on October 22, 2016 at age 75.

Born to Jack and Ruth Paterno in Port Chester, NY, he grew up in Greenwich, CT,
and graduated from Portsmouth Priory School, RI. He entered the USAF Academy with the
Class of 1964 on 27 June 1960 and graduated on 3 June 1964.

Following graduation, he attended USAF Pilot Training at Moody AFB, GA.
After pilot training, Jack remained at Moody AFB as a T-38 Instructor Pilot.

After leaving active duty, Jack was hired by TWA, but was furloughed within months
leading him to join the Air National Guard, flying F-84Fs out of Otis AFB, MA.
During his time with TWA and later with Peoples Express, he flew the Boeing 707, 727, 747,
the Convair 880 and the Lockheed L-1011.

During his Air Force and ANG career, he flew the T-37, T-38, F-84, T-33, F-5, F-100, F-105 and F-106.
He was FAA certified as a flight engineer, airline transport pilot, and held ratings for
rotorcraft (helicopter and gyroplane) and balloon.

At the time of his passing, he was a pilot for NetJets flying corporate aircraft.
He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, NY.

(excerpts from Checkpoints GBNF March 2017)
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