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Bryan Edward Mahon

Bryan Edward MAHON June 29, 1913, Vancouver, BC - November 10, 2005, Mercer Island, WA. Bryan was raised in what is now the heart of downtown Vancouver BC in a family of Irish and French heritage. He developed an interest in aviation as a teenager and taught himself to fly in a "primary glider". Against his parents wishes he initiated what became a sixty-year career in aviation by starting the Columbia School of Aviation, teaching all aspects of flying and airplane maintenance. In 1937 Bryan started work at Boeing of Canada, where he became plant supervisor of PBY production. After World War II, with the closure of the Canadian plant, he transferred to Boeing in Seattle and moved to Mercer Island. His career spanned 46 years, mostly in flight test engineering, and he experienced the exponential growth of the jet age, from the Boeing B-47 to the 767. Privately he flew his own seaplane and worked on his own airplane designs. For the past twelve years he has been involved in the design of a six-passenger twin engine seaplane. He also enjoyed sailboat racing with the Corinthian Yacht Club and family boating trips. Later in life he travelled extensively to remote areas of the world with his wife, Marolyn. He is survived by his wife, of Mercer Island, son Ross Mahon of Kirkland, daughter Lilette Mahon Player of Woodinville, three grandchildren; Madelyn, Bryan and Tim Player. Memorial service to be held at the Museum of Flight, Sunday November 20, 1:30 p.m. Remembrances to EAA Air Academy, 800-236-1025, EAA, PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2005
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