Richard Belcher, Air Traffic Controller

by Michael Mason


Air traffic controllers are famously subjected to tremendous stress, but they may also be the most under-appreciated workers in America. Every day, they’re charged with orchestrating a sophisticated flow of commercial, military, and commuter aircraft–and they’re expected to do their job without error. And that’s exactly what Richard “Pee Wee” Belcher did for decades, both in the military and at the Tulsa International Airport.

In this episode of Goodbye Tulsa, we’ll hear Belcher’s pastor, Marc Dreyer, talk about Belcher’s service during Pearl Harbor, and his love of aviation.