I worked for Air Boats from April 1968 to November 1968 in ticketing, maintenance, and as STT station manager before going to over to Pan Am as an operations representative at the airport. I really enjoyed my brief time working for Capt. Blair. He was still flying for Pan Am at the time, but would be on island whenever his schedule allowed. He always had time for you, and i speak for many that we felt he appreciated our efforts keeping the airline running.
A few months after the crash in which he died, I found myself driving by the dump on St.Thomas. I never really paid much attention to the various crashed cars and other junk piled up there but this time I saw what was unmistenly the remains of a crashed Goose.
I quickly turned in to see the wreck of N7777V, the mishap airplane. As I got out of my car and walked to the wreck there was an older man, of Puerto Rican heritage who had a small wild flower which he had plucked from the grass growing nearby. I introduced myself, told him I had worked for Air Boats at one time. He was very quiet and in a hating voice said that he knew Capt. Blair and that he was a wonderful man. When he saw the remains of the plane he just had to come by and pay his respects. As he said this, he quietly placed the flower on the frame of the pilot window and left. It was actually very moving.
I spied the mooring cleat still fastened under the pilot window and was able to remove it. I finally found a home for it and it now serves as the handle for one of my tool boxes. I never fail to think of Capt. Blair when I grab it and open my tool box.