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Mickey Pittman

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Father Mickey Pittman (27+ years as an escort pilot for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation) and son John Pittman (42+ years as an escort pilot for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation) were jointly selected as Honour Contributors (Pilots) in the Class of 2017 in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Mickey Pittman standing in front on his escort boat

Mickey Pittman is a prolific escort pilot with the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation who escorted Lynne Cox, Penny Dean, John York, Cindy Cleveland, Dan Slosberg, David Yudovin, and many other channel swimmers across the Catalina Channel (aka San Pedro Channel on one-way and two-way crossings. He is the father of John Pittman, another Catalina Channel escort pilot.

Honor[edit]

Both Mickey Pittman and John Pittman were selected as Honour Contributors (Pilots) in the Class of 2016 in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Pilots[edit]

Catalina Channel Crossings[edit]

On 21 September 1978, Pittman escorted John York on a record-setting two-way crossing of the 42.4 km Catalina Channel from the Southern California mainland to Santa Catalina Island and back to the Southern California mainland in 16 hours 42 minutes (first leg was 6 hours 41 minutes 14 seconds; second leg was 9 hours 0 minutes 46 seconds) at the age of 18. The record still stands as of 2016.

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