Bob Crawford-A Biography

After graduation from Brandywine, I attended the University of Delaware and received a B.S. in Agriculture, majoring in horticulture and landscape design. During the summer of 71, I worked as an intern at Longwood Gardens through a program at the University of Delaware.

In the fall of 1971, I entered the United States Air Force and graduated from initial pilot training in the spring of 1973. My initial assignment was to Norton AFB in San Bernardino, California flying C-141 transports to Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific.

After 5 years of flying the C-141, I got out of the USAF and worked for a series of airlines: National, Pan Am, Air Florida, Cayman Air and now Northwest Airlines, hopefully the last one. At Northwest I work as an A-320 check captain, the A-320 is a unique aircraft, it is fly by wire, has a side stick controller instead of the yoke, and all CRT's for the instruments. My job as check captain is to instruct, and certify pilots to fly the A-320, both in the simulator and the aircraft.

When I was between airline jobs, which happens frequently in this industry, I returned to the USAF reserves until 1993, including an activation for 10 months during "Desert Storm."

Mm family includes my beautiful wife Linda, 4 great children: Leigh 23 attending Shippensburg Univ. for elementary education, Matt 22 attending the Univ. of Wisconsin at Eau Claire for chemistry and biology, Chris 10, who loves all sports and math, and Katie 4, a wonderful little girl. We live in Apple Valley, Minnesota; spend a lot of time going to sporting events with the younger children, and try to go downhill skiing as often as possible.

I volunteer as the fund raising chairman for a cub scout pack, and also volunteer as a Master Gardener through the University of Minnesota extension service.

Bob Crawford