Air Force Gen. Perry M. Hoisington II; Served With NATO, SAC

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Perry M. Hoisington II, 90, a retired Air Force major general and veteran of World War II, died April 8 at Suburban Hospital of congestive heart failure. He was a resident of the District.

Gen. Hoisington was born at West Point, N.Y., and attended Johns Hopkins University before receiving his undergraduate degree and commission at the U.S. Military Academy in 1939. He trained as a pilot at Kelly Field, Tex., in 1940 and spent several years during World War II in the Air Training Command.

Promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1943, he joined the 20th Bomber Command's initial B-29 unit and flew 22 combat missions against the Japanese, flying out of bases in India, China and the Mariana Islands. He also flew day and night missions over the Japanese mainland. In combat, he won the Silver Star and twice won both the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.

After the war, he became the first commander of the Atomic Test Center at Kirkland Air Force Base, N.M. He was one of the first officers assigned to the newly created Air Research and Development Command in 1950.

He attended the Air War College and then served in Naples with NATO. Returning to the United States, he became a commander with the Strategic Air Command.

In 1961, he became deputy director of legislative liaison with the secretary of the Air Force and director in 1962. He retired as a major general in 1965.

In retirement, Gen. Hoisington co-founded Executive Jet Airways, a charter and aircraft management service now called Executive Jet Management.

His marriage to Betty Walker Hoisington ended in divorce.

Survivors include three sons, Gregory Hoisington of Sevierville, Tenn., Perry Hoisington III of Fredericksburg and John Hoisington of Bend, Ore.; two sisters, retired Women's Army Corp. Brig. Gen. Elizabeth P. Hoisington and Nancy H. Smith, both of Annandale; a brother, retired Lt. Col. Robert H. Hoisington of Huntsville, Ala.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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