Rodolfo Bay Wright was born in Cadiz in 1910. He was the son of a the Danish consul in Cadiz, his mother was English and as is tradition in Spain he added his matronym. He got his pilots licence in 1929 and bought his first aircraft then, EC-QQA. He used this to offer joyrides over Cadiz and other towns in Andalusia.
He became a pilot with CLASSA which was the predecessor of Iberia in 1931. He joined Iberia in 1940 as a captain. Also that year he was one of the pilots of the only DC1 when it crashed in Malaga. While with Iberia he flew DC1, DC2s, DC3, DC4, Constellation and DC8. His final flight with Iberia was on the DC8.
He also did a spell of military service and it is rumoured that he became acquainted with Franco. This, it is alleged, led to Spantax paying little or no airport charges in Spain. It is also alleged that the Spanish government paid for the building of the Spantax maintenance hangar in Palma.
Rodolfo Bay was also a well known racing driver. In the 1968 Formula 3 champioships he raced in Ford Brabham cars.This love of racing led to Spantax sponsoring races in Spain in the 1960s.
In 1959 along with Marta Estades Saez he set up Spanish Air Taxis. Rodolfo Bay held 80% and Marta Estades Saez held the balance. Iberia let Rodolfo Bay run Spantax while still employed by Iberia. They did not permit him to fly any Spantax aircraft.Marta Estades was resposible for the financial and commercial side of the operation. Until 1986 they remained the only two shareholdres of Spantax.
Early in 1967 he resigned from his position in Iberia to concentrate on running Spantax. He had been with Iberia for 26 years, had completed 35000hours and had crossed the Atlantic 1206 times. He was instrumental in Spantax operating the Convair CV990 Coronado. He called the aircraft the Maserati of the air. In May 1967, Spantax had received bad press in Germany. To counteract this Rodolfo Bay decided to fly a flight from Palma to Hamburg with German press on board to get good press for the airline. Unfortunately he landed at the wrong airport in Hamburg.
Rodolfo Bay Wright passed away in Palma in October 2000.