Web Wallof, a loving husband, father, grandfather, trusted friend, and pioneer jet fighter pilot, flew west to join the silent birdmen this past weekend. He was 87 years old.
Web grew up in Texas and attended Southern Methodist University where he was a member of the ROTC. Upon graduation, he joined the Air Force and flew f-86 jet fighters in the Korean War. He was a fighter pilot from the Right Stuff era – cheating death and boring holes in the sky. He was a member of the Mach Busters club and would happily tell you how the first class of Mach Busters went about breaking the sound barrier. “You climbed up to 10,000 feet or so, chose a spot on the ground and put your jet into a full throttle dive at that target. Then you hoped like heck you could break the sound barrier and pull out of the dive before you bought the farm.”
Among his lifelong friends he counted US Astronauts who walked on the moon and true American heroes who have been honored for their extraordinary valor and sacrifice while they were held captive in the Hanoi Hilton.
After the Air Force, Web settled into a 30+ year career as a commercial pilot. In the last five years of his career, he captained the Lockheed L10-11 (his favorite commercial aircraft ever), the DC-10 and the Boeing 747. When he retired, he had over 30,000 hours in his pilot’s log book.
He loved to travel the world with family and friends and he visited the far corners of the earth. He was an avid tennis player and continued to play tennis well into his 70s with his good friends in Carmel Valley, affectionaltely known as "The Animals"
He moved to Santa Cruz in 2015 to be closer to his daughters and granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife Rachelle Wallof of WA; his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Tim Peet of Santa Cruz; daughter Julie Wallof of San Jose; and daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Nicolaisen and Seymour Everett of Sun Valley, Idaho. Web was preceded in death by his former wife Marion Wallof, and his brother, Paul Wallof
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