Al "Pozie" Pozzoli served as an aircraft mechanic for Consairway (a wartime air transport service set up by the Consolidated Aircraft Co. under contract to the Army's Air Transport Command) from February 17, 1943 (age 22) until August 14, 1945 when World War II ended. He served in the Pacific Theater (Nadzab and Biak Island), off New Guinea.
Starting in 1951, Pozie was employed as a flight engineer on Lockheed Constellations for El Al Israel Airlines, based in London. He joined Seaboard in 1957 and flew for Seaboard, and later Flying Tigers, as a flight engineer on aircraft ranging from Super Constellations to the Boeing 747.
He was made a life-long member of the Long Island Soaring Association (LISA) for his years of service and dedication to the flying club; for both maintaining aircraft and providing flight instruction to new pilots.
He was born in Milford, Mass., lived in Bellport, N.Y. for many years, and finally retired to Clearwater, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Esther; daughters Paula and Tina Doran; son in-law Michael and granddaughters Alyssa and Briana.
Pozie is seen here in 1970 at work in a DC-8-63CF.