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Walter E. Hoffman Jr.

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Walter Erben ("Wally") Hoffman Jr.
Born(1922-03-25)25 March 1922,
New York, NY
Died16 October 2017(2017-10-16) (aged 95)
Winter Haven, FL, United States
Aviation career
Known for
  • Pocono Airlines
  • Birchwood-Pocono Airpark

Walter E. ("Wally") Hoffman Jr. was a Pan Am pilot, founder and president of Pocono Airlines[1] [2] [3] [4], and owner and operator of Birchwood-Pocono Airpark[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11].

In the 1960s Hoffman converted a dilapidated Pocono resort into the Birchwood-Pocono Airpark, "a thriving honeymoon hotel."[5][12] He ran the Birchwood with his wife, Carol, as a "sideline" to his career as a PanAm pilot.[13]

Hoffman told the New York Times that he arranged his schedule as a Pan American Airlines pilot so the he did all of his flying in 10 days of the month, leaving the rest of the month free to run his other businesses.[5]

According to the FAA Airman Database, he was a Airline Transport Pilot type rated in the Boeing 707, Boeing 720 and Boeing 747.

Hoffman was 91 when he attended the annual Pocono Leadership prayer breakfast for the last time in 2013.[14]


  1. "Photos: Pocono Airlines inaugural flight, 1965". Pocono Record. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  2. "Pocono airlines slates flights". Pocono Record. 12 June 1965. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  3. "Initial air travelers cited on anniversary". Pocono Record. 2 July 1966. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  4. "Rotarians hear about airport". Pocono Record. 10 September 1966. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Lindsey, Robert (11 June 1969). "Many Airline Pilots Get Restless and Take On Various Sidelines". New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  6. Freeman, Paul (31 October 2014). "Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: Northeastern Pennsylvania". Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  7. "On top". Flying Magazine. April 1969. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  8. Rudeski, Bonnie Ahnert (13 December 2014). "Pocono memories: Yesterdays Photo 881". Pocono Record. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  9. Ebersole, Jenna (2 October 2013). "Pocono Leadership prayer breakfast focuses on patriotism". Pocono Record. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  10. "Walter E Hoffman". Oak Ridge Funeral Care. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  11. "Walter 'Wally' Erben Hoffman, Jr". News Chief. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  12. Scinto, Sarah (1 November 2014). "Birchwood Resort Once Catered To 'fly In' Couples". Standard-Speaker (Hazelton).
  13. Koenig, H.P. (11 October 1970). "Cute and Coy(2): Honeymooning in the Poconos". Chicago Tribune.
  14. Ebersol, Jenna (2 October 2013). "Pocono Leadership prayer breakfast focuses on patriotism". McClatchey. Pocono Record.

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