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DVORSCAK, Bernard Captain Bernard J. Dvorscak, USNR Died September 21, 2013 at the age of 85; survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Davie Dvorscak; their children Michael Dvorscak wife Camille, Holly Hunter and Joan Paucke, husband Joe; grandchildren Gene Hunter II, Timothy Hunter, Luci Cameron, Jennifer Paucke, Holly Paucke; siblings, John L Dvorscak, EJ Dvorscak, Bernadine Magnus, and many beloved nieces and nephews. A native of Hazleton, PA Dvorscak enlisted in the US Navy V-5 Flight Training Program in 1946. He was stationed aboard the USS FD Roosevelt in 1947 and received his US Navy Pilots Wings of Gold January 1950 after qualifying aboard the USS Cabot flying the F4U-4. Following, he was assigned to VF-171 NAS in Jacksonville, FL where he flew the Banshee Fighter while aboard the USS Midway, the USS Coral Sea, and the Leyte Aircraft Carriers. He was a member of the first operational jet fighter squadron in the US Navy. Returning to school, he graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1956 with a BS Aerospace Engineering and was a member of the Yellow Jacket Flying Club. He joined Lockheed Aircraft Co as an Engineering Test Pilot flying and instructing in the C-130, C-141, C-5A and B, Jetstar and Hummingbird: a jet-powered VTOL aircraft; was the first pilot to Fly-By-Wire in the Lockheed C130 Hercules and was part of the first team to perfect in-air flight refueling. Dvorscak qualified to fly more than 35 aircrafts during his career. He graduated from the US Navy Test Pilot School Class XXI 1959 and flew the Douglas F4D-1 in the Mach One era in December 1958 at Pax River. He retired from the Navy Reserve in July 1976 as a Captain and from Lockheed in 1990. Dvorscak co-authored "The C-5 Galaxy History". During retirement he instructed flight ground school; aided with the assimilation of the National Aerospace Museum, Chantilly, VA; the development of the Marietta Aviation Museum; was a member of Silver Wings Fraternity; lectured on the Battle of Midway and the Battle of Britain. Member of St. Jude's Church for 50 years where he loved singing in the choir. Visitation: Wednesday, September 25th, 6-8pm at H. M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel; Funeral: St. Jude the Apostle Church Friday, September 27th, 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Center at Georgia Tech, Marietta Aviation Museum, Silver Wings Fraternity, Inc.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 24, 2013
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