Kent and his delightful wife, Lynn, met up with us and our mutual friends, Rob and Kathy Haynes (she's Len Morgan's daughter, for longtime Flying readers), for a dinner celebration in Orlando the night before the retirement flights. Rob and Kent had been in Baltimore together in the chief pilot's office. Kent's flying history was the topic du jour. An Embry-Riddle graduate, he joined the Air Force, where he flew RF-4s, T-37s and T-38s. Mustered out, he began civilian flying at Rocky Mountain Airlines, then went to Braniff, where as an FO he flew 727s and DC-8s. When Braniff collapsed, Kent went to Midway Airlines, where his organizational skills and emotional intelligence were soon recognized. That's how he became chief pilot and, subsequently, vice president of flight operations. Then Midway went under.