Paul E. Hendrickson – Colonel, United States Air Force

From a press report: 28 April 2003

Paul E. Hendrickson, 81, a retired Air Force Colonel who was attached to the air transport unit at Washington National Airport that served VIP guests of the White House, died of an aneurysm April 23, 2003, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He had lived in Alexandria, Virginia, since 1949.

Colonel Hendrickson, a native of Ely, Minnesota, served as aircraft commander of the 1254th Military Air Transport Service at the airport during the Eisenhower administration.

He began his 23-year military career during World War II as a transport pilot stationed in Canada, from which he flew transatlantic flights to Britain. He later served as an Air Force pilot for VIPs and in 1963 commanded a detachment of planes in Germany.

After retiring from active Air Force duty in 1965, he became an aircraft commander for Bendix Corp., flying NASA satellite calibration missions. He later worked about two years as a transport pilot for Mid-Continental Aviation before retiring in 1973.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Helen E. Sank-Hendrickson of Alexandria; five children, Judy Welling of Falls Church, James Hendrickson of Warrenton, Michael Hendrickson of Springfield and Karen Hendrickson and Bette Jean Hendrickson-Santos of Charlottesville; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


COLONEL PAUL E. HENDRICKSON, age 81, of Alexandria, Virginia, died April 23, 2003.

Colonel Hendrickson is survived by his wife, Helen Hendrickson; two sons, James and Michael Hendrickson; three daughters, Judy Welling, Karen Hendrickson, and Bette Jean Santos; eight grandchildren, Robert Cronk, Michael Santos, Katie Santos, Sarah Santos, Ben Hendrickson, Rebecca Hendrickson, Kevin Hendrickson, and Eric Hendrickson.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Myer Chapel. Burial will follow in Arlington National Cemetery.

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