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Irish
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Arlie James Nixon died today, August 11, 2011, at 1440 Central Time in Hamilton, Missouri from complications of age. He will be buried in Pawnee, Oklahoma. Papa did not want a funeral or memorial service so none is planned at this time.

Postal correspondence may be sent to either my brother, Cole, or myself:

Cole J. Nixon, 9161 Jones Road, Cameron, MO 64429
Kathleen Joyce, P. O. Box 26, Kingston, MO 64650

Rest in Peace, Captain Nixon

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Robert Dedman
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Like him or not, he was a piece of work and a big piece of out legendary TWA. Rest in Peace kind SIR!
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Rocky Dollarhide
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I flew with Captain Arlie Nixon. He was a part of my colorful 38 year airline career. Rest in peace Captain Nixon.
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upsilon
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See this earlier thread about Captain Nixon: http://www.smilinjack.com/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=6;t=001581

And for more about him see:

http://www.egoneutral.com/meetnixon.html
http://www.egoneutral.com/needswheels.html
http://www.egoneutral.com/icelandfire.html
http://www.egoneutral.com/shannon.html
www.eaa88.org/flyers/pcabc-news0904.pdf (see Page 4)

Nixon was recalled to duty and flew during the Berlin Airlift. He is cited in Richard Reeve’s book about the Airlift.

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Lieutenant Arlie Nixon, who was the chief [DC-4] pilot of Trans World Airlines, before being recalled for "Temporary Duty" as an airlift pilot - reducing his pay from 550 U.S. dollar a month to 180 U.S. dollar - walked into a restaurant in Wiesbaden just as the Airlift was beginning and, without a word being spoken, every German stood, left their tables and food, and walked out. Two weeks later, he came back to the same place and every German stood again, walking to the bar and then lining up more steins of beer than he could drink in a week. A corporal, Louis Wagner, was huddled in a cold train headed for Frankfurt, when a German man walked up, uncorked a bottle of schnapps and said in English, smiling: "This could be poison, Captain, would you like to test it with me?"
Also see a book review at:
http://spectator.org/archives/2010/04/13/heavy-lifting-for-berlin#

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fdobcy
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following rcvd from Noel Deasy Dispatch at Shannon (SNNWD) and Paris (CDGWD)

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Greetings from SNN,

Very sad to learn of the recent passing away of Capt Arlie Nixon.
He was a great favourite of all at SNN and must have been a great age.

Remember in the early years he flew the cargo (DC4 Skymasters) on the FRA-LON westbound trip and
durng the leisurely transit here in the wee hours he usually enjoyed a good steak and egg dinner and
would ask to file his flt plan across the ocean at the lowest possible level..
- think he liked being in contact with the 'weather ships' along the way.

May he rest in peace.

Regards
Noel

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Robert Dedman
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Upsilon:
Great post and thanks for the various stories. quite interesting to be sure.

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smilinjack
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Dear Mr. Jack,

Please post our comments about Arlie if is possible.

We knew Arlie Nixon for many years, at least 20 last years. He was our friend. He loved coming to our home in Glenpool, than in Jenks, Oklahoma. He was lonely. Many times he celebrated his birthday in our house. We know how to listen to him and he really liked it. He loved to tell about his adventures, countries and people. We loved this too.
He died when we are in Europe. We will really miss him.
May he rest in peace.

Thank you,
Wit and Ewa Jarochowski

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