Biography of Captain Bruce Sprague


To my fellow pilots,

After graduating from Auburn University in 1970 (Aviation Management degree...first solo in 1969), I started a year of US Air Force pilot training at Webb AFB, TX, and served for 14 years (8 years active duty and 6 years in the reserves). I flew to all parts of the world, served in the Vietnam War and Arab Israeli War of 1973, and flew the C-141 Starlifter 4 engine jet transport (3 years ...1971 to 1974 out of Charleston AFB, SC) and the C-5 Galaxy 4 engine jumbo jet transport (10 years ...1974 to 1984 out of Dover AFB, DE). Most of this time I flew as an Aircraft Commander, and attained the rank of Major (Honorable Discharge).

In 1978, I started flying with Continental Airlines, spending 15 years on the B-727, and started flying the B-737-300, 500, 700, 800 and 900 in 1993. Since 1984 I was a Captain at Continental Airlines. Most of this flying I was based out of Houston, Texas (KIAH). After nearly 25,000 total hours of flying time, I retired from Continental in November, 2006.

Since 1980, I ran a computer business...selling and supporting Apple and Macintosh computers. I have slowed down on this business, but still help family and friends with their computer problems.  I have also spent quite a bit of time during my aviation career distributing booklets and handouts on all the various airplanes that I have flown. One of the Continental 737 projects I handed over to Captain Bill Bulfer in 1998: the Cockpit Panel Notes (now titled Cockpit Companion). For fifteen years I published the 737 QRC (Quick Reference Card), and handed this over to two Continental (now United) Captains in 2008. Starting in 2016, I started teaching military pilots in the 737NG simulator, to get their B737 Type ratings.

I have other interests such as boating, fishing, home theater, computers, home automation, genealogy, photo / video cataloging and puttering around making and fixing things.  I also volunteer my time as a tour guide at the Space Center Houston (NASA).

I have four grown children, two girls and two boys, five grandsons, three granddaughters, and a wife who wants to travel with a travel reluctant husband.

Bruce Sprague

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