TALOA Alumni Association
Transocean Air Lines 1946 - 1960
In Memory of Ran Reid
by Captain Joseph Stachon
Last week we had another somber day.
One of our favorite TALOANS took off on
his last, long flight. We have lost Ran
Reid - - and the loss is beyond measure.
My favorite author, Robert Ingersoll,
repeatedly stated, "Your goal in life
should be to be happy and try to make
others so". By that standard Ran was a
Prince. He surely reached and exceeded
that goal. His stories about his early life
in Texas and other parts of the world
(some real and some fictional) delivered
with his inimitable Texas drawl, would
make the rafters echo with our laughter.
Many times Ran told me how he loved
to go "flittin" in his open cockpit biplane –
"Red Baron" style, with helmet and
goggles, leather jacket and with a white
silk scarf streaming in the wind. We will
always remember and love that image of
The following poem, "High Flight" by John G. Magee, Jr*, I'm sure, describes the rapture and
ecstasy that Ran experienced while "flittin".
OH! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split cloud, – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
*John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was nineteen years old when he was killed in action on December 11,
1941. He was acitizen of the United States serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in England.
Captain Ran Reid and Miss Hawaii