77, of Clearwater FL passed away peacefully on November 8, 2009 at his home. Bill was born in Chicago, IL on September 23, 1932 to William and Gladys Hickey and he grew up the Chicago area where he graduated from Morgan Park High School. He entered the Air Force in 1952, was a fighter pilot with the 512th FIS and retired as a Lieutent Colonel after 20 years of service. He then went to University of Wisconsin, graduating with a BS in Ag Business and then worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, retiring after 20 years. Among the awards he received in the Air Force was the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving in Southeast Asia with the 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron.

19**-1988, age 66.

He spent his entire career with ADC. Retired as Lt. Col. in 1971 at McClellan AFB, CA. Submitted by Shirley Johnson.


1953-58 with 87/512th, then to Test Pilot school. Incredible career as test pilot with time out for a year in F-4 in 'Nam; 284 hrs, 200 sorties and two DFC's. Several commands and director ships in test at Edwards. Manager for Northrop B-2 flight test. Ret. Col. Sep '81. 6500 flying hours in 53 types. Lancaster, CA Walk of Honor. Alive and well as real estate broker/owner in Tehachapi, CA.


Alive and well in Annapolis, MD. Brief period as USAF F-86D Fighter Pilot with 512th, 1952-1956. Went on to an outstanding career in engineering, including management consulting in private, corporate, government, and military projects. Presently consulting in those areas as principal. Crew chief is Alvin Zwickey.

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