Robert “Bob” Vincent FrakerROBERT BOB VINCENT FRAKER Bob Fraker was born in Oklahoma during 1932, where he was raised with his sister Carolyn. Their father, Elmer, managed a civilian pilot training school during World War II, and it was here where Bob took his first plane ride. He soloed at age 17. In 1950 he joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard and was called to active duty for two years during the Korean conflict. Later, he attended the University of Oklahoma at Norman, and during this time worked at the nearby airport on weekends and evenings to pay for flying hours. From meager beginnings as a Luscombe cable patrol pilot, he moved to corporate flying in a Bonanza and a Cessna 310. He spent one summer as an American Airlines Convair 240 copilot. In 1962 Bob joined Cessna International Aircraft, where he was placed in charge of managing all contracted distribution outside of the United States, Canada, and Europe. He demonstrated Cessna singles and twins throughout the world. By 1966 he grew tired of constant travel and settled in Honolulu, where he managed various subsidiaries of Murrayair, Ltd. During this time he started several airlines, including Oahu and Kauai Airlines and Princeville Airways (the predecessor of Island Air). He was an active member of the Honolulu Quiet Birdmen since 1968. Bob's most notable achievement was his decades running a large flight school At Honolulu International. His operation was known for the high quality of instruction, the school's impeccable safety under his ever-vigilant eyes, and for the hundreds of airline pilots it produced. At one time, a large portion of Hawaiian's and Aloha's pilots could claim to be products of Fraker's considerable efforts. He is survived by nieces Gail Whipple, Janis Cibelli, and Cathy Gruber. A Celebration of life will take place Thursday, Feb. 11, at 95 Nakolo Pl., 2nd floor, Honolulu Airport, from 5pm to 8pm.
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