Fairbanks airport manager announces retirement

Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks International Airport manager Doyle Ruff will retire July 1.

Ruff has been airport manager for 15 years, from 1983 to 1987 and from 1993 to the present. In between he was director of the Anchorage International Airport and executive director of the state's International Airport System.

Ruff flew 200 combat missions in Vietnam as a pilot in the Air Force. He later became a pilot for three seasons with the Air Force's precision aerial team, the Thunderbirds.

Ruff eventually served as commander for Eielson Air Force Base, where he finished his military career in 1980.

He said he plans to remain in Fairbanks.

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