Myers, Sr.
Henry Tift Myers, Sr.

Henry TiftMyers, Sr. (1907 - 1968)

Colonel Henry "Tift” Myers, a native of Tifton, Georgia, attended Culver Military Academy and later the University of Georgia from which he graduated. He joined American Airlines in the early 1930’s as a co-pilot and also became involved in competition flying. In 1935, he and a colleague, Leland Andrews, set a Los Angeles to New York speed record which stood for ten years. Myers joined the Army Air Transport Command during World War II and was chosen as the pilot for President Franklin Roosevelt. He made a number of memorable flights including flying Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the “'Big Three" conference at Yalta, taking Mr. Churchill alone between London and Washington, DC and flying Mrs. Roosevelt on her South American tour. He also flew Georgia's Senator Richard Russell and twelve other U.S. senators on an around-the-world fact finding mission. Myers also was the pilot for President Harry Truman in the plane known as the “Sacred Cow." 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. Myers participated in the design of the next presidential aircraft, a modified Douglas DC-6 which bore the name, “Independence”. Colonel Myers left the Air Force with a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He then returned to American Airlines, later retiring after 37 years of civilian and military flying during which he accumulated 35,000 hours of flight time. He died on December 8, 1968. In recognition of his distinguished military contributions to aviation. Myers was enshrined during the centennial year of aviation in Georgia on April 28, 2007 into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.