Robert L. Carlisle,
a flier since 1938 from Norfolk, Nebraska applied his aviation skills and knowledge to many
uses and presented them before a variety of audiences. Carlisle served as a United States Navy aviator in World War II and in the Naval
Reserve until 1957. He commanded the Norfolk Civil Air Patrol Squadron. He
also participated in “Operation Snowbound” in 1948-49, carrying out forty-six
missions searching for lost aircraft, and flew levee patrol in Omaha during the devastating 1953 floods.
Northeast Nebraska benefitted from his years
of public service on the Norfolk Airport Authority and the Norfolk Chamber of
Commerce transportation committee, from his organization of the “Wings for
Children” charitable flight program, and from his extensive educational
lectures on aviation subjects. An accomplished flier, Carlisle also held two speed records for Class C-1a and C-1b aircraft.