Robert Taylor: Flier

After starring in Flight Command, 1940, Robert Taylor became fascinated with flying.  He earned a pilot’s license and spent every spare moment in the air.  His wife, Barbara Stanwyck, was even concerned about his obsession and insisted he see the studio  psychologist about it.  A lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, Taylor was a flight instructor and flew Stearman open cockpit planes like the one shown above.  After the war the studio gave him the exclusive use of a twin engine Beechcraft that he named Missy, after Stanwyck’s nickname.  It was nothing for Taylor to fly hundreds of miles for dinner or to visit a friend. It also gave him the freedom he lacked in many areas of his life.

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About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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