William Moore, Former Head of Military Airlift Command, Dies

Retired Gen. William G. Moore, who flew bombers in World War II and the Korean War and led Military Airlift Command in the late 1970s, has died. Moore died on March 18 at age 91, reported Nashville’s The Tennessean. Services for Moore, who most recently lived in Huntsville, Ala., will be held on April 2 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., according to the newspaper. Born in Waco, Tex., in 1920, Moore received an Army Air Corps commission as a second lieutenant in May 1941, states his official Air Force biography. During World War II, he logged 35 combat missions in B-24 bombers in Europe. During the Korean War, he led 65 combat missions in B-26s. Moore began his airlift career in August 1962, eventually leading tactical airlift activities in Vietnam and later, as 22nd Air Force commander at Travis AFB, Calif., overseeing the strategic air bridge from there to Southeast Asia. Moore became MAC commander in April 1977. After his retirement from the Air Force some two years later, he went on to play a pivotal role in the expansion of the Nashville International Airport, according to The Tennessean.