Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

45th Annual Reunion

May 1st to May 4th, 2019

Our 45th Annual Reunion will be held this year in Long Beach, CA at the Renaissance Hotel.  The hotel is located steps away from Pine Avenue's dining, entertainment and shopping district.  A free bus system, The Passport, will connect you to downtown Long Beach’s finest attractions and destinations, including the iconic Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue, City Place Mall, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Convention Center, and Shoreline Village.  For more information about other attractions and tourist opportunities visit the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

We expect a turnout of around 275 members and guests this year.  Click on the button below to see the list of those who have already made their hotel reservations.

Who's Coming?

Group Hotel Reservations


Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

$189 per night (+15.5% tax)

The deadline for Group Room Reservation was April 17.

Cancel your group reservation online at
or by calling (800) 468-3571.

The following discounts have been negotiated for our group:

  • Free WiFi in all guest rooms
  • Discounted parking of $14 per day
  • 10% discount on breakfast in the hotel

Registration Procedures

*** Registration was Closed on April 15th ***

Click on the button below to download and print the registration form.  Fill it in and send it along with your check to the FTLPA address on the bottom.  Please note the following important items:

  • Members are encouraged to bring family members and friends as their guests.
  • ALL guests must either be listed on or have their form attached to their host's Registration Form.  Guests, whether former FTL employees or not, must be hosted by an FTLPA member in attendance and current with their dues.
  • If you want to order magnetic name tags then your form must be received by April 1st.
  • All forms must be received by April 15th, 2019.

Download Registration Form

Reunion Activities

Thursday, May 2nd
Golf Tournament at Los Alamitos
Fees paid for at the course

Robert Carona and Tom Constable are once again teaming up to provide our attendees the option to play golf.  This year's tournament will be held at Los Alamitos Navy Golf Course which is conveniently located 13 miles to the east of our hotel.  The cost for 18 holes and a cart is $34 and further discount allowances will be made for former and active DOD.  Players will pay fees at the course.  Please mark your registration forms if you would like to join the group and you will be contacted in the future with more details.  Contact Robert at (760) 458-3220 or if you have any input or questions.

Thursday, May 2nd
Flight Attendant Pajama Party Brunch
10am to 1pm
Donations accepted at door

In keeping with the reunion's Sock Hop theme, roll out of bed on Thursday, May 2 and join the Flight Attendant Pajama Party Brunch hosted by Debbie Paul and Michele Rizza. The party starts at 10 a.m. at Debbie’s house, located 8 miles away and right across the bridge from the reunion hotel. Prizes will be given in three categories for your most creative Tiger pajama set, most elegant peignoir or most practical flight attendant nightie. Onesies? Baby Dolls? Footies? You take charge. There will be games and prizes, adult beverages and a scrumptious catered brunch.  Donations will be welcome at the door of the tiger lair, but not necessary.

There will not be any organized transportation set up.  All who plan to attend will be responsible for their own transportation via carpool, Uber, or taxi.  Directions and transportation suggestions will be forthcoming because of current  bridge construction and routes from the hotel will need to be updated before the actual reunion.
Please mark your registration forms if you would like to join the group and you will be contacted in the future with more details.  For more information, call Debbie at 310-547-9697 or Michele Rizza at 310-403-9835.

Friday Morning, May 3rd
Group Bicycle Ride
Meet a Wheel Fun Rental at 8am for a 10-mile ride between 9am and 11am

$30 per person, includes bike rental, helmet, and Circle T Sling Bag with water and snacks
Those who attended the San Diego reunion in 2012 will remember how much fun the group bicycle ride was to the coastline.  A very nice and easy morning ride has been organized this year by Gene Dalbey.  Approximately 40 attendees have shown an interest in riding along.  Arrangements have been made at The Yardhouse in Shoreline Village to accommodate our group for brunch on the patio at 11am after our ride.  Click on the button below for more information and procedures to register and pay.

Join The Ride

The FTL Room

Friday Afternoon, May 3rd
Happy Hour at the Flight Path Museum
3pm to 6pm (Buses will depart the hotel at 2:30pm and return at 6:30pm)
$30 per person for museum, wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks
$20 per person for bus transportation to and from hotel.
Note: You can elect to drive yourself if you have your own car

The Flight Path Museun & Learning Center is unique among all museums.  The Main Gallery includes models, photographs, uniforms and other artifacts highlighting the role of airlines, aircraft manufacturers, aerospace companies, and the airport in the history of Southern California. Many items are from private collections, never before on public display.  Our Happy Hour bar will be located inside of the Flying Tiger Room, which is totally dedicated to FTL.  The museum, filled with memories of aviation’s golden years, is located adjacent to the LAX airport in the old Imperial Terminal at 6661 W. Imperial Highway.  In addition, our own Doug Happ and Rory Pendley will be there able to set you up on various flight simulators available to attendees.  What could be better than a simulated flight around the patch with a beer in your hand?   More information can be found on their website at

2018 Business Meeting

Saturday Morning, May 4th
Business Meeting
9am - 11am

As of this date there doesn't seem to be much business to have to take care of and we're hoping for a shorter meeting than last year.  Still, we always seem to have a great time together and everyone is encouraged to attend.  Our Guest of Honor this year will be former FTL President, Joseph Healy.  Joe will be available after the meeting to answer questions about his long career at the Flying Tiger Line, starting from his beginnings in 1948 as a cargo handler in Newark to his appointment as President in 1978 after the death of Mr. Prescott.

Saturday Noon, May 4th
Tiger Lily Luncheon
Noon - 2pm

All Life Members (Tiger Lilys) and their guests are encouraged to attend a Tiger Lily Lunch Get Together planned by Life Member Representative, Donna Mergele.  The hotel has offered the Private Dining Room and you'll be able to pay-as-u-go off their menu.  There will be a signup paper to RSVP when checking in.

Corky Dever with a tale

Saturday Afternoon, May 4th
Open Microphone in the Hospitality Suite
2pm - 5pm

The Open Microphone session in Palm Springs turned out to be a big hit so we're going to make it an official part of the reunion each year.  Bring your favorite Tiger Tale and come ready to laugh and have a great time remembering the good old days.

Saturday Night, May 4th
45th Annual Dinner and Sock Hop
$70 per person (chicken or vegetarian)
$75 per person (salmon)
5:30 Portrait Pictures by Eliot and Judy
6pm Cocktail Reception in Foyer
7pm Dinner
8pm Dance

We're going to celebrate our 45th Anniversary this year by suggesting a relaxed dress celebrating the Fabulous 50's.  Anyone wearing a coat and tie will be considered faculty. There will be NO music during dinner from 7pm until 8pm.  Entertainment will be provided by The Sweethearts from 8-11pm.  For a sample of a recent performance click HERE.

The process to preselect your table is now available by visiting the following link:

Plated entree choices include salmon, chicken, and a vegetarian options.  Click below for a complete description.

Meal Descriptions

Post-Reunion Catalina Adventure

Avalon Bay

A separate 4-day excursion to Avalon on the Catalina Island has been planned for those who have the desire and ability.  The group will depart from the Catalina Express terminal on Sunday morning, May 5th, and return Wednesday, May 8th.  Registration for this event is now open and a dedicated web page has been created to better explain the cost and details.

Rex in the Mallard

The package has been arranged by Susan Waters, Custom Travel Services, and our unofficial hosts will be Rex and Carole Cotter who live on the island and initially suggested the excursion.  Rex, hired by FTL in 1979, grew up on Catalina and flew Grumman Mallards for Catalina Airlines in the early 70's when only 19.

Further detailed information, schedule, and costs click on the button below.

Catalina Adventure Details


All questions for the main events of the reunion should be directed to 

Any questions related to the post-reunion Catalina Adventure needs to be sent directly to Susan Waters at