W. Franklin P. Reid Jr., 65, a former Eastern Airlines captain and retired owner and operator of Beacon Flying Service Inc. at Hyde Field in Clinton, died of a heart attack Monday at Mount Vernon Hospital.
Mr. Reid, who lived near Alexandria, was a lifelong resident of Fairfax County. He grew up on his family's farm in Groveton and graduated from the old Lee-Jackson High School. He learned to fly at age 16 at the old Beacon Field flying school, which was located on the original grounds of the farm.
He joined Eastern Airlines in 1939 and flew for that company until 1946, when he founded the Beacon Flying Service. He operated the business, which later moved to Hyde Field in Clinton, until his retirement in 1964.
Mr. Reid, who was interested in antique planes and whose first recollection of an airplane was a World War I-vintage "Jenny," was a member of The OX5 Club, a national organization of pilots who have flown antique aircraft. He also was a member of the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
He was a life member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife, the former Helen Hager of near Alexandria; two sons, William F. P. III, of Wallingford, Conn., and John H., of Fredericksburg, Va.; a daughter, Carolyn R. Kohn of Springfield; a sister, Mary Lewis Lehman of Clinton, and six grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to St. Mark's Episcopal Church.