Business: The Pilot-President

NAJEEB HALABY calls himself "a Lindbergh baby"—one of the countless youngsters who were so enthusiastic about Charles Lindbergh's flight to Paris in 1927 that they yearned for careers in aviation. The son of a Syrian father and an English mother, tall, dark "Jeeb" Halaby remembers that as a twelve-year-old in his native Dallas he turned out to cheer when Lindy came to town. Five years later, Halaby took his first plane ride in an OX 5 Travel Air and enrolled in a flying course. He borrowed $6,500 from his parents—who ran an art shop...