If Ted Vallas has his way, he will serve Carlsbad air travelers again, just as he did in the 1980s. Vallas, the  majority owner of California Pacific Airlines, will turn 97 in March. At left is Vallas and a fellow sailor in the 1940s.

If Ted Vallas has his way, he will serve Carlsbad air travelers again, just as he did in the 1980s. Vallas, the majority owner of California Pacific Airlines, will turn 97 in March. At left is Vallas and a fellow sailor in the 1940s. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

— Ted Vallas, the 96-year-old driving force behind California Pacific Airlines, stands in the bright February sun in front of the passenger terminal at McClellan-Palomar Airport...

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