PERSONNEL: Out of the Cockpit

One of the last of the airlines' pilot-presidents was finally brought down to earth last week. He was J. H. ("Slim") Carmichael, 51, a lanky (6 ft. 4 in.), windburned throttle jockey who barnstormed, crop-dusted, and flew the early air mail routes before taking off in 1937 to help run what later became Capital Airlines. He piloted the line out of the red, turned tidy profits by introducing domestic coach fares, in 1954 brought U.S. aviation toward the jet age with British Viscounts. But while building Capital into a major competitor. Slim...

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