"Get off! Get off! Get off!"
― Robert Bragg, March 1977.  source
Robert Bragg
Birthday 14 September 1937 in York, Alabama
Death day 9 February 2017 in Harrisonburg, Virginia
Adress 1514 95th St. Howard Beach, NY, 11414
Gender Male
Total hours for 27.3.1977 10,800
Total hours for 27.3.1977 on Boeing 747 2796
Total hours for 27.3.1977 on last 30 days 42:39
Total hours for 27.3.1977 on last 24 hours 6:33
Last medical examination 13 January 1977
Last proficiency check 17 January 1977
Certificates and ratings ATP No. 1581349, 747 and 707 rating

Robert L. Bragg (14 September 1937 - 9 February 2017) was an American captain of Boeing 747 aircraft. On 27 March 1977, when the Tenerife airport disaster occured, Robert Bragg was the co-pilot (first officer) on board the Pan Am Flight 1736 747.. Bragg was the last surviving flight crew member, as all 3 members from KLM died in the accident, Flight Engineer George Warns died in 1991, and Captain Victor Grubbs died in 1995.


Robert Bragg, 2004


Early life and military trainingEdit

"I guess the most interesting {mission} was the one where we supported the Mercury astronaut program."
― Robert Bragg  source

Robert L. Bragg was born on 14 September 1937 in York, Alabama. In 1943 his parents moved to Mobile in Alabama, where his father worked in the mobile shipyard, building Liberty Ships. Later, he went to the university military school. He graduated in 1955. After that, he went to Auburn University, graduating it in 1959.

He received a B.S. degrees in aeronautical administration and a second lieutenant's commision in the US Air Force. He began his flight training with preflight. It was conducted at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas. After preflight, he went to Bainbridge AB, Georgia and took primary flight training at the airbase. He flew the T-34, T-37B and later in basic flight training, the T-33 aircraft.

He was based at Charleston Air Force Base, 76thATS where he transistioned into the C-121C Connie. A year and a half later, he began to fly the C-130E Hercules. He remained in US Air Force for 4 years. During that time, his flying time was approximately 3000 hours. He participated in various missions. He participated in the Mercury astronaut recovery program with eight other C-130s in the squadron.

Career as Pan American pilotEdit

When he got out of US Air Force, he went to Mobile airport and he wanted to start being an airline pilot. He was told that he will be sent to Miami and he will be interviewed there. He went down and was interviewed at Eastern airline counter. During his walk, he saw the Pan American airways building. He went there and asked them for applying him for a job as pilot.

"After I got out of the air force, basically, I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do. I was at the Mobile airport one time and walked up to the Eastern airline counter and asked them how a pilot went about getting a job. They asked me if I was a pilot and I told them I was. They said, 'We will send you to Miami and you will be interviewed down there.' So I went down and interviewed at Eastern and when I was walking back to the hotel I saw the PAN American royal airways building which was commonly referred to as the Taj Mahal, because it was a beautiful building. And I walked in and asked to speak with a chief pilot, Introduced myself, and asked them how would I go applying for a job as pilot."

"He said, "We are not going to hire anyone for at least a year", and I said "Well, I would like to leave you an application anyway." He said, "You can, but you're wasting your time." That was on a Thursday."
― Robert Bragg  source