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Carson man celebrates 90th birthday today

Carson City's Alfred E. Sheehan is 90 years old today.

Alfred E. Sheehan of Carson City is celebrating his 90th birthday today.

Sheehan grew up on his family’s farm in Oregon. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and became an instructional pilot. During World War II, he ferried aircraft and trained other recruits to fly B-24 bomber aircrafts.

Following the war, Sheehan continued training in the aeronautical field and became a flight engineer for Pan American airlines. His position allowed him to meet politicians and celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Ginger Rogers, Shirley MacLaine, John Wayne, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. He served as flight engineer on the flight that first brought the Beatles to America on Feb. 7, 1964.

Attracted to Nevada by the Reno Air Races, Sheehan and his wife Susan moved to Reno in 1973 and later relocated to the Carson City. The couple has three children, Larry, Terry and Linda.

David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort and Spa in Genoa is hosting today’s celebration. Sheehan’s friends, neighbors and family members will be in attendance.