Frigyes (Frici) Hefty, Hung. AF Col, Ret.


Quick Facts

Born: 04/25/1924, Budapest
Died: 5/14/2014 Riverside, Ca

Last Residence:  Big Bear City, California
Spouse: Mrs. Magda Hefty
Number of children: 0

In Hungary
Education: Vorosmarty Gimnazium, Budapest, graduated 1943
Repulo Akademia (Academy of Flight),  Lieutenant, 1944
Imprisoned in 1948 for anti government activity, spent 8 out of a 10 year sentence in prison
Occupation: Air Force pilot to the end of the Second World War
Active role in the revolution: NO

In United States of America
Arrival: 1956, Detroit

Occupation: Cargo manager
Workplace: Continental Airlines, LAX, Los Angeles, California


Youngest glider pilot in the world at age of 13

Hungarian State Medal for Flying for Hungary
Knight’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary
Presbiter and synod representative of the Hungarian American Reformed Church of Ontario, California

Fritzy completed his elementary school in Matyásföld and Sas-halom. His Middle Schools in Corvin Mátyás reálgimnázium, Matyasfold, where he graduated in 1943. Soon after he enrolled in the Academy of FlightUtána where he graduated in 1994 as a Lieutenant. He spent his whole life flying.
At the age of 13, as the world’s youngest glider-flyer, passed his glider license. During WWII, he served in the Air Force to the end of the War.
With two of his flyer friends he established the Kinizsi Sportsflying Club, of which he was the headcoach until the club’s closure.
At the end of 1948 he was arrested on anti-government activities for which he was sentenced for 10 years. He spent 8 years of that in prison.
The 1956 revolution freed him and after the sad demise of the Revolution emigrated to the US, to join his parents in Detroit. Prior to this he met his younger brother Laszlo, who represented Argentina in the selection of refugees wishing to emigrate to that country.

Fritzy arrived in Detroit on Christmas of 1956 and joined his long unseen family. Through difficult circumstances, the love of his life, Magda also joined him in 1958 from Hungary, they married and soon resettled in Santa Monica, California.

In California Fritzy joined friends to establish the Pannonia Flying Club, ordering their first airplane from Germany. The club was the only club entirely composed of Hungarians and received general recognition from clubs in the US.

He worked from 1970 to 1988, until his retirement, for Continental Airlines. He and Magda moved from Santa Monica to Big Bear lake and joined the Ontario Independent Hungarian Reformed Church, becoming its Presbiter and Synod representative in the American Hungarian Reformed Church.

Valiant (Vitez) Frigyes Hefty was honored by the Hungarian Republic for his flying career, and received the Knight’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary.


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