In the Lind Point Shoreline Scramble chapter of the new 2016 edition of St. John Off the Beaten Track, I wrote a few paragraphs about the St. John connection (the old seaplane ramp) with Antilles Airboats and their founders Charlie Blair Maureen O’Hara.
Blair was a United States Air Force Brigadier General and flying ace who made air travel history by flying his scarlet-red P-51 Mustang, named Excalibur III, non-stop from New York to London in 1951 and by making the first solo flight over the North Pole.
Maureen O’Hara was a famous movie actor who retired from show business to marry Blair and who took over Antilles Airboats after Charlie Blair’s death in 1978. (Charlie Blair died in 1978 when the Grumman Goose he was piloting developed engine trouble and crashed between St. Croix and St. Thomas.)
There is another airline with a personal St. John connection. That is, Caribair and the Trigo Brothers. The connection works like this. The Trigo Brothers from Puerto Rico were once the owners of Caneel Bay, having purchased the property from the West India Company in the early 1940s.
The Trigos were also the founders of Caribbean-Atlantic Airlines, which in 1942 became the first scheduled airline to fly to St. Thomas and St. Croix from San Juan, Puerto Rico using a small fleet of Stinson A Tri-Motor aircraft.
The UFO Connection
“In June 1970, the Puerto Rican Air National Guard apparently received reports concerning a mystery object from a Caribair jet as well as from a Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) jetliner. Pilots in both aircraft reportedly claimed to have seen an unidentified flying object (UFO) close to San Juan’s Isla Verde International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a statement about this incident in 1977.”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT DOCUMENT FILES
Document #: 39
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 09-22-1986
Subject: 1977 FAA REPORT PAGE 2
- The object remained oriented in a northeasterly/southwesterly direction with the nose pointed northeast; the stern to the southwest, and drifting slowly against the prevailing winds to the southwest about 8 knots per hour.
- There were no signs of any type of propulsion unit on the object.
The San Juan Star published a series of articles concerning the incident.