Capt. Robert Ford, 88, an aviator who made his mark in the...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

October 19, 1994

Capt. Robert Ford, 88, an aviator who made his mark in the era of the flying boat with an unscheduled flight around the globe, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his 880-acre cattle ranch at Penn Valley, Calif., north of Sacramento. He was ferrying mail and passengers from San Francisco to New Zealand aboard a Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Skirting the trouble zone and watching for enemy aircraft, he headed west over Australia, India and Central Africa, then crossed to South America, eventually landing at La Guardia Airport in New York on Jan. 6, 1942. The trip covered 31,500 miles in 209 1/2 hours of flying time.

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