43rd Annual Convention of the Soaring Eagles
--- October 25, 26 and 27, 2019 ---
Make plans now to join in.
Host Hotel is the Tampa Marriott Westshore, Tampa FL  for $119.00 USD  per night.
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Hotel direct number (813) 287-2555

A Little History

USAir became a company created by mergers involving several airline companies which brought effective resources to the system in the form of routes, equipment and well qualified employee groups.

The management team developed by Mr. Leslie O. Barnes began a movement toward a growth pattern developing into one of the largest and most efficient airlines in the world. Mr. Barnes was succeeded by Edwin I. Colodny as President and Chairman.

Mr. Colodny established a great management team that included Mr. Seth "Butch" Schofield, the eventual President and Chairman.

These officers took advantage of opportunity to grow and prosper. Mergers were brought to completion that considered the welfare of all employees in addition to strengthening the airline marketplace standing. Allegheny, Lake Central, Mohawk, Pacific Southwest, Piedmont are the airlines that formed USAir.

This website is intended to recognize the contribution made by Employees and Managers who built the USAir Airline Company.

Aerie Newsletters

Current News

Posted 5/21/2019
Welcome New Eagles
Please join me in Welcoming our three newest Eagles.

Captain Ron Friedhoof, Allegheny DOH 1/79 and a retirement date exactly one month from today. Welcome aboard the Soaring Eagles Captain Ron, and Happy Retirement on 6/20/19.

Ginny Friedhoof, Ron's wife Allegheny DOH 1/79 and the date that she quit flying is unclear at this time, but she s did stop flying.

I had the p[pleasure of flying with the Friedhoof's when I was a fairly new Captain in DCA,, and we had a great time. I look forward to reminiscing with them about the good times at the upcoming reunion.

Our third new member Patricia Riley, was hired as a Flight Attendant by Mohawk Airlines 5/69 and flew until 1/2005. She and her husband Robert reside on the West Coast, but we hope they will be able to join us in Tampa this year.

Captain Joe Kernan, President
Posted 5/20/2019
Flown West.
Eugene "Red" Leazenby
April 10, 1929 - May 18, 2019
Eugene (Red) Leazenby, 1929-2019, was born on April 10, 90 years ago to Martin and Agnes Leazenby in Clymers, IN and passed away May 18 in Indianapolis, IN. He was a loving husband to his wife, Dolores, for 49 years. She preceeded him in death as did his brother, Don, and his sons Bruce and Kurt. He is survived by his sons, Mark (Melody) and Brian (Brenda) Leazenby and daughter, Laura Tsareff, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Red was an Air Force veteran and a commercial airline pilot for 37 years with USAirways. Red was silly, fun and enjoyed being happy. He was a lucky guy that loved his job and traveling all over the world. In retirement he looked forward to connecting with old colleagues at Soaring Eagles and Lake Central Airline reunions. He and Dolores lived and raised their family in San Antonio, TX, Lima, OH and Pittsburgh, PA and in retirement he lived in Indiana and Florida. Red loved to spend time with his family and many friends, often with a martini in hand, and was an avid golfer and fisherman. Maybe at times the world wasn't ready for Red's arrival and his opinions, but he was always entertaining. He was a terrific storyteller and was amazed at the changes in the world and technology occurring in his lifetime and told many young people he couldn't imagine what things they would see in their lifetime.
Red most recently was a resident of Worthington Place in Camby, IN.
The family wishes to thank the staff for his care as he dealt with the effects of Alzheimer's disease. Red's life will be celebrated with a visitation on May 23, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. at Simplicity Funeral and Cremation, 7520 Madison Ave., Indianapolis, IN. 46227.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL. 60601.
Posted 5/8/2019
The 2019 Reunion Registration Form has been added.
You can access it - - > HERE < - - or from the top navigation bar under the Reunions Button.
Posted 4/25/2019
Flown West.
Edgar H. R. "Bob" Beaupre, 81, of Deerfield Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on April 23, 2019.
Bob was born in Ottawa, Canada on June 26, 1937 to Ted and Irene Beaupre. Bob served 10 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force, then moved to Rome, NY to begin his career as a commercial airline pilot. He retired after 33 years as a Captain with USAirways flying his final flight to Paris, France. Bob loved hockey, the outdoors, especially the ocean, boating, and deep sea fishing. Bob also enjoyed showing his Rottweilers in AKC shows over 30 years. He was a member of the BPO Elks for 25+ years and currently of the Boca Raton Elks Lodge #2166.
Bob was predeceased by his Father Ted and brother Leonard Keith Beaupre. He is survived by his 100 year old Mother Irene, his wife of 41 years, Judy (Bell) Beaupre, daughters Lori Bronson (Steve), Karen Schmitt (Greg), five grandchildren: Lindsay (Shanin) , Stephan (Cybille) , Tyler (Molly), Meagan, Kyle, four great grandchildren: Shane, Blake, Ayla, Nathan, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Association for Research.
Posted 4/16/2019
Flown West.
Dear Joe,
It is with a very heavy heart that I report that my long time friend of 64 years, my Brother in Law and Retired Captain Russel N. Gries boarded his last flight Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be sent when they become available. Condolences may be sent to his Daughter Nicole Rabner 1059 Beachwood Blvd. Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206.
Respectfully
Jay Gelm Ret..
Posted 2019
Member dues are now payable January 31 each year. Current REGULAR dues $40.00, Members age 80 by January 31st dues are reduced to $25.00.
The Soaring Eagles need your support. Make your check payable to the USAir "Soaring Eagles" and mail to Treasurer:
Captain Paul Sturpe, 8860 Peninsula Drive, Terrell, NC 28682. Telephone (828) 478-1133
Remember to include an update of your status.
Posted 2019
A new service for our membership.
Captain Sturpe has set up a PayPal account enabling you to send fees to the Treasurer. Using your PayPal account make your funds payable through PayPal to:
SoaringEaglesTreas@gmail.com
We hope this service makes it easier to stay current as a Soaring Eagle.
or u.s. mail
Captain Paul Sturpe, 8860 Peninsula Drive, Terrell, NC 28682.
Posted 2018
NEED A CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS for - PAUL HOWE

'Soaring Eagles' Officers for 2019


  • President - Joe Kernan
  • First Vice President - Dan Friel
  • Second Vice President - Judy Schmidt
  • Secretary - Judi Todd
  • Treasurer - Paul Sturpe
  • Immediate Past President - John Davis
  • Advisors - Bill Leefe, Bob Knapp, Seth Schofield, Counsel- Ron Natalie

Retired Chairman Ed Colodny accepts his Eagle Award from the Soaring Eagles in recognition of his outstanding service to USAir and the employee groups. Mr. Colodny's appreciation is obvious.

Retired Chairman and CEO Seth "Butch" Schofield displays his Soaring Eagles Award recognizing his outstanding service to USAir Airline and the employee groups.

Chairman Leslie O. Barnes and Flight Attendants introduce modern jet prop service using the Napier powered Convair. The Napier powered Convair was short lived. It was replaced by the Allison powered 580 Convair. The seven Flight Attendants wearing the bright colored outfits were on loan from Hawaii as a promotional plan for the service.

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