Ross Emory Diehl

Profile Updated: July 7, 2017
Class of 1952
Residing In: Chino, CA USA
Homepage: rossdiehl@hotmail.com
Spouse/Partner: Marsha Yvette Diehl
Children, Grandchildren: Geraldine A. Diehl(brown), Captain, American eagle airlines, born 1965, lives in Chino. More… Theodore B. Diehl, MBA student at Harvard architecture, Born 1982 to Marsha, works in Boston.
Military Service: USAF  
Occupation: fighter Pilot, Test pilot, Airline pilot, Warbird pilot, Aeronautical Engineer. Retired.
Occupation/Career(s) Details:

USAF pilot training 1954 to 1956
USC, Aeronautical engineering, Graduate 1960
TVA, Knoxville, Tenn. 5 long months. 1960
Lockheed production test pilot, April, 1961, 1400 mph F-104 Starfighter.
Ground and flight instruction of military pilots from Germany, Japan, belgium, canada, holland, norway, Italy and USAF. 1961- 1964.
Japan, 1962, Fly, test and demonstrate the F-104 for the Japanese public. Train Mitsubishi WW2 pilots to fly and test the licensebuilt F-104's. Western, Delta airlines 1964 to 1997
Turkey, help move A/C and train Turks.
Norway, test and train the pilots at Bodo.
Western/ Delta airlines 1964 to 1997.
Chino, Old warbird flying and restoration

Different places I have lived:

Pasadena, Highland Park, L.A.,San Gabriel,military(Texas, Florida, Nevada),Tennessee, Palmdale, So. Pas.,Palmdale, Pasadena, L.A. Malibu Beach, Chino(1973 to Present), Honolulu(condo in the Illikai hotel)

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Diane Hart Thurman, Jerry Vessey, Al Weil,Patsy Etchebarne, George Minard, Bill peters, Jon Hanson, Dan Jansky family.

School Memories:

Football, Steimle, Steele, Raberding, Minard
C. Garland Lewis, Williamson, Tupica, La Juana, Suzie, Marilyn A, Ben Crocker, Mooney, Knerr and of course, John Howie

Milestones & Epiphanies:

Qualify in gunnery in the USAF F-86 sabrejet,1956
Topgun trophies, 1957 and, 1958
Graduate USC, Aero engineering, 1960
Lockheed test pilot, F-104 Starfighter, 1961-1964
Western Airlines, Delta Airlines, 1964 to 1997 Involved with Chino warbird air museum, 1966 to 1994, Fly P-26, P-40, P-47, P-51, F-6F,F-7F, and the mighty Martin B-26 Marauder. Complete homebuilt Miniplane,1968, aptly named "7 year itch"
Get rid of wife and her family, 1969, Keep baby Jerry
Sit down next to the Widow Marsha and Ecstasy. 1980
Baby Boy Ted born finally. Invited to Bodo, Norway in August 2013 to celebrate the very successful introduction of the F-104 starfighter into the Norwegian Air Force 50 years ago.

What's happening in my life now:

Trying to keep promise to lovely wife that she gets Me for 50 years. Come out from under 70+ year collection of books, magazines and goodies. sell 2 big airplanes, keep homebuilt airplane.

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

Spanish eyes, Hey good looking, Lucille, Tennessee waltz. El Paso, Moonglow,


Music that tickles my fancy and if i'm lucky, HERS.

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

Fighter pilot,by Robin Olds.

Right stuff, by Tom Wolfe
Sandy Koufax, by Jane leavy Roman Holiday, Dances with wolves, A Guy named Joe, American graffiti, 12 O'clock high, comedy(How to murder your wife),h

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