Estes, former president of World Airways, Federal Express, dies
Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Howell M. Estes Jr., who held brief stints as president of World Airways in Oakland, Calif., and Federal Express in Memphis, died at his home in Bethesda, Md., on July 2.
According to an obituary in today’s Washington Post, Estes died of heart complications. He was 92.
Estes was probably best known for his oversight of the U.S. military’s air cargo lift program from 1964 to 1969 during the Vietnam War. As a pilot, he flew 25 combat missions in B-29s during the Korean War. He also managed several air defense and nuclear deterrence programs for the military from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, the Post reported.