TALOA Alumni Association
Transocean Air Lines 1946 - 1960
T. Edward Peiffer
Forced into retirement by a heart attack at age 56 on Wake Island, he and his wife moved to Livermore in
1967 and he started a second career utilizing his hobby of photography which he had begun in the 1930s.
He became the photographer for the Livermore Chamber of Commerce as well as freelanced for local
newspapers. In 1969 he used his cinematography skills to produce the city's Centennial movie "A Century
has Passed", with his wife Olga. They were recently featured in the documentary film "Livermore: The
Movie" for their work on the Centennial and other community activities.
He always remained interested in aviation and helped a friend, the late Jim Nissen, restore a 1917 Jenny
biplane which they flew again in 1978.
Mr. Peiffer's memberships included the OX-5 Pioneer Pilots Association, Quiet Birdmen, Aviation Pioneers
Association, the VFW and Livermore Heritage Guild.
From the Valley Times
T. Edward Pieffer, a native of Iowa and 35 year resident of
Livermore died Thursday, May 16, 2002. He was 91. He is
survived by his wife of 50 years Olga (Valenta) Pieffer. He was
born July 21, in Keota, Iowa.
A pioneer aviator, Mr. Peiffer had a long and distinguished
career as a commercial aviation pilot. He began flying at age 17
by soloing in the World War I Jenny biplane. He barnstormed all
over Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas for a few years. Later
he became a flight instructor at the University of Iowa at Iowa
City in the Civilian Pilot Training Program. Over the years he flew
not only the biplanes, but commercial airliners and even an
ultralight most recently. He came to California in 1940 with
Cal-Aero to train Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots before and during
World War II as well as American cadets. He later joined the
Army Air Corps and piloted P-63, P-51, B-25, C-47 and C-54
military aircraft. After discharge in December 1946, he began
his commercial career with the Flying Tigers. Next he flew for
Transocean Air Lines, Japan Airlines, and Capital Airways.
During his career he logged some 25,000 air hours and landed
in 47 countries.