Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

Ned Benedict

In Memoriam

October 20, 1940 - January 30, 2023

We're sorry to report that Captain Ned Benedict, 82, suffered a stroke last month that he was not able to recover from.  He Flew West on January 30, 2023 and leaves behind his wife, Nancy.  Ned was hired by Tigers in April 1965 and retired as a LAX B747 Captain in November 1996.

There will be a funeral service  on Feb. 27th 10:30 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church,13720 W. Thomas, Avondale, Az. with a get together after the service at a outdoor area at the church.

Condolences can be mailed to:

Nancy Benedict
16663 W. Windsor Ave.
Goodyear, AZ 85395-1909

The following tribute and images are from Tom Borda.

I flew with Ned quite often in the early 80’s and stayed in touch with him over the years, usually around Christmas time and on occasional visits to Phoenix.  He was such an enjoyable person to fly with and will be missed by all who knew him.  Below are two pictures dated 2003.

From Jack Haggerty

Ned was a great guy to fly with.  He and I were both very senior in our seats in the DC-8, Ned as Captain and me as his F/O.  We did several of those long turns to Hawaii from the west coast with a lot of hard seat time but we only had to work 7 or 8 days a month.  Those were the days.  Being a fellow runner I was amazed to hear about his 100 mile runs through the Sierra’s.  I had a nice reunion with him after his retirement while on a layover in Arizona.  Great guy and great memories.  

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