FIRST HIJACKED AMERICAN PILOT: In May 1961, Capt. Francis Riley was hijacked in Marathon on a flight bound for Key West while flying for National Airlines. He was the first American pilot held at gunpoint and forced to fly to Cuba. After his ordeal, security measures were put into place. He ultimately had 30,000 flight hours from World War II, the Korean War and his years with Santa Fe and National Airlines. He flew the B-24, DC-3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and retired from National Airlines as a DC-10 captain.
FIRST HIJACKED AMERICAN PILOT: In May 1961, Capt. Francis Riley was hijacked in Marathon on a flight bound for Key West while flying for National Airlines. He was the first American pilot held at gunpoint and forced to fly to Cuba. After his ordeal, security measures were put into place. He ultimately had 30,000 flight hours from World War II, the Korean War and his years with Santa Fe and National Airlines. He flew the B-24, DC-3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and retired from National Airlines as a DC-10 captain. Courtesy Patricia Riley
FIRST HIJACKED AMERICAN PILOT: In May 1961, Capt. Francis Riley was hijacked in Marathon on a flight bound for Key West while flying for National Airlines. He was the first American pilot held at gunpoint and forced to fly to Cuba. After his ordeal, security measures were put into place. He ultimately had 30,000 flight hours from World War II, the Korean War and his years with Santa Fe and National Airlines. He flew the B-24, DC-3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and retired from National Airlines as a DC-10 captain. Courtesy Patricia Riley

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Francis Riley, first American pilot hijacked to Cuba, dies at 97

June 08, 2015 10:19 AM

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