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Jim McGarvie

pilot_jim_mcgarvie2Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, McGarvie graduated from San Francisco State College in 1966 as the Vietnam war was heating up. He joined the pilot_jim_mcgarvie_youngnavy and went to Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. After receiving his wings he reported to NAS (now MCAS) Miramar for training in the F-8 Crusader.

Following his second Vietnam cruise in F-8’s he became an instrument instructor in TA-4’s at Miramar before being released from active duty in 1971. He subsequently spent three years flying F-8’s and the F-4 Phantom in the reserves.

McGarvie flew for Pacific Southwest Airlines and US Airways before opting for early retirement in 2000. He flew his first warbird in 1971-a Ryan PT-22 and is currently flying an SNJ-5 based at Gillespie Field in San Diego, CA and also flies his own Mooney. Jim also flies Classic Fighters’ Corsair and The Rebel P-51, and he will soon fly Classic Fighters’ T-33 Shooting Star. In 2008, Jim qualified as a Navy Legacy Flight® pilot.