17 Facts About Robert Six


Robert Forman Six was the CEO of Continental Airlines from 1936 to 1980.


Robert Six's career began in the earliest days of US commercial aviation; his determined, scrappy, risk-taking nature paid off for Continental Airlines, the company that would for 45 years be forged in his image.


Robert Six started his business career in sales for a public utility company, but was fired for taking flying lessons on company time.


Robert Six learned to fly in an Alexander Eaglerock biplane with an OX-5 engine.


In July 1937, Robert Six changed the name of Varney Speed Lines to Continental Airlines and the carrier moved its headquarters to Denver, Colorado, which would become the airline's central hub for the next 55 years.


Robert Six spent some time during the war in the United States Army Air Corps and was involved in planning improved routes to ferry American aircraft to the European theater.


Robert Six returned to Continental before the war ended and resumed his leadership role.

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In 1951 Robert Six met Broadway legend Ethel Merman in a New York city nightclub.


In 1961 in Honolulu, Robert Six married Hollywood star Audrey Meadows of The Honeymooners television fame.


The feisty Meadows was a good match for Robert Six's sometimes stubborn nature.


Robert Six served effectively as an advisory director on Continental's board, offering many of the suggestions that made Continental's inflight and ground services preeminent.


At Robert Six's insistence, Continental was a launch airline for the Boeing 747 aircraft.


Robert Six died in his sleep at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on October 6,1986.


In 1971, Robert Six was nominated and inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame.


In June 1974, Robert Six was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Robert Six was the 1977 recipient of the Tony Jannus Award for his distinguished contributions to commercial aviation.


Robert Six was a key player in the revealed mystery in the third episode of Starlee Kine's Gimlet Media-produced podcast "Mystery Show".