Walter Varney

Walter Thomas Varney (December 26, 1888 – January 25, 1967)[1] was an American aviation pioneer who founded forerunners of two major U.S. airlines, United Airlines[2] and Continental Airlines,[3] which combined under United Continental Holdings long after his death. Varney was also one of the most prominent airmail contractors of the early 20th century.

Walter Thomas Varney
Walter T. Varney, founder of predecessors of United and Continental Airlines, in 1921
BornDecember 26, 1888
DiedJanuary 25, 1967(1967-01-25) (aged 78)
OccupationPilot, Airline executive
SpouseAileen Varney
Parent(s)Thomas and Ella Varney

Varney served as a pilot in the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps during World War I. After the war Varney established an aviation school and air taxi service in northern California.

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