Tifton in Tift County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Henry Tift Myers
Lt. Col. Henry Tift Myers was born in the Myon Hotel in Tifton on September 16, 1907. He graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1925 and the University of Georgia in 1929. He joined the Army Air Corps, graduating at the top of his class in 1932. American Airlines hired him as a co-pilot in 1933 where he set records for speed and distance and soon made Captain. After Pearl Harbor, Henry returned to the Air Corps serving as pilot for Gen. Harold George. When it was clear that Pres. Roosevelt needed his own plane, (The Sacred Cow) Henry became the First Presidential Pilot. He flew Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in 1945 and flew Mrs. Roosevelt all over the globe to visit our troops. He helped design Pres. Truman’s plane, The Independence, and flew Truman and his family all over the world. In 1945, he took Truman to the Potsdam Conference and he brought Gen. Eisenhower home from Europe for the VE celebration. After flying hundreds of world leaders and dignitaries, Henry returned to American Airlines in 1948 as Captain logging more than 35,000 flying hours in his 35-year career. He died on December 8, 1968 in Fort Worth, Texas
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Eleanor Roosevelt, the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is September 16, 1907.
Location. 31° 27.203′ N, 83° 30.629′ W. Marker is in Tifton, Georgia, in Tift County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (Love Avenue) (U.S. 41) just north of 1st Street East, on the left when traveling north. Marker is mounted on the memorial wall in Tifton Veterans Memorial Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tifton GA 31794, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Bostick (here, next to this marker); A.V. "Bubba" Akin (here, next to this marker); William W. Outerbridge, Rear Admiral, USN (here, next to this marker); John Larkin Wright, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (here, next to this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (here, next to this marker); "Major" Jack L. Woolard (here, next to this marker); M60A3 Tank (within shouting distance of this The Olympic Torch Paused at this Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tifton.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Tifton Veterans Memorial Plaza
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1. Col Henry Tift “Hank” Myers Sr. (Find a Grave).
Colonel Myers was the first pilot of a sitting US President (Franklin D Roosevelt), the aircraft now known as Air Force One. He also was aircraft pilot for President Harry Truman. He flew Mr. Truman on many important presidential trips, including a famous one to Wake Island in 1950 where the President met with General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to discuss the progress of the Korean Conflict. It was aboard the "Sacred Cow" that the President earlier had signed the National Security Act of 1947, which created a new and independent military service, the United States Air Force. Colonel Myers left the Air Force with a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.(Submitted on May 12, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Colonel Henry "Tift” Myers.
In 1935, he and a colleague, Leland Andrews, set a Los Angeles to New York speed record(Submitted on May 12, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Myers named to Hall of Fame.
He became known as “Pilot of The Brass Hat Squadron” because along with Presidents Roosevelt and Truman he flew hundreds of notable passengers such as: Winston Churchill, Madam Chiang, Chiang Kai-shek, General George C. Marshall, James F. Byrnes, Henry Stimson, President Herbert Hoover, King George II of Greece and Queen Frederika, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Maj. Gen Henry Arnold, Martha Truman, Margaret Truman, Bess Truman, President Miguel Alman of Mexico, Vice President Alben Barkley, The Prince Regent of Iraq, Henry Morgenthau, Amir Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudia Arabia, Eddie Rickenbacker and Red Skelton.(Submitted on May 12, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 12, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.