Service set for Old Greenwich pilot who once flew with Lindbergh
GREENWICH – Edward Wolak was born in Pennsylvania coal country, one of 13 children of Polish immigrants.
It was an inauspicious start, growing up in the Depression, but Wolak, a longtime Old Greenwich resident who died Tuesday, went far and wide in a long career in aviation.
Working with Pan American World Airways as a pilot, he once shared a cockpit with Charles Lindbergh on a voyage across the Pacific, according to his family. Wolak also met Marilyn Monroe while flying with Pan Am, and flew press corps flights for both President Gerald Ford and President Richard Nixon, his family said this week.
Wolak was born on Nov. 12, 1927, to Anna Pluta Wolak and Martin Wolak in Dupont, Pa.
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