Torrey Pines Rotary welcomes ‘The Flying Greek


Retired Air Force Col. Steve A. Pisanos, also known as ‘The Flying Greek,’ and author of a book by the same name about his war experiences, was the special guest speaker at Torrey Pines Rotary Club Veterans Day celebration Nov. 9.

Pisanos regaled the club with the astonishing story of how he became a naturalized American citizen after jumping ship in New York and working in restaurants in the Greek-American community until he got a chance to become a pilot. He flew combat missions for both Britain and the U.S. over Europe during World War II.