South Park HS graduate considered hero of Midway

South Park HS graduate considered hero of Midway
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Major Reuben H. Fleet inaugurates the first U.S. airmail service in 1918.

On May 15, 1918 – 1st regular airmail service between New York & Washington, DC was inaugurated. Major Reuben H. Fleet welcomed his new responsibility as officer-in-charge of inaugurating the first U.S. airmail service. Fleet ordered six JN-4Hs, single-engine biplanes, powered by 150-hp Hispano-Suiza engines from the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation. To accommodate mail bags, he directed the company to leave out the front seat and front controls and replace them with a hopper to carry mail. Visit the museum and see our Consolidated and Fleet displays.

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Bell 47 ” Gardenville Research Facility ” named a Vertical Flight Heritage Site

The American Helicopter Society has selected the Bell 47 ” Gardenville Research Facility ” as a Vertical Flight Historic Site. The plaque will be dedicated and installed on the site on June 25th. A well deserved honor for Arthur Young, Bart Kelley, Floyd Carlson, and the entire Gardenville Team.

Union Road and Losson Avenue in 1940, site of the Gardenville facility.  (See view of current location below)

Gardenville 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gardenville location in 2015.

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Congratulations to the the 2015 Inductees into the Hall of Fame. Edward Rupp and Walter Rusnak of Bell Aerospace, Otto Kohl of Curtiss Aeroplane Company, and Aurelis Chavis, Jr. & Mark Davis of Moog, Inc. These individuals were recognized for their significant contributions to the aviation and aerospace industry.

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Today is Victory in Europe Day, marking 70 years since the end of WW2 in Europe. Thank you to all who served and contributed to the war effort. God Bless America.

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Did you know that 4 of Bell’s Test Pilots flew the Bell XS-1 before turning the aircraft over to USAF for the record breaking flight. It was the courage and technical expertise of these pilots that tested and modified the Bell XS-1 that led to the first supersonic flight in the Bell XS-1 on October 17, 1947. Bell Test Pilots were Jack Woolams, Chalmers Slick Goodlin, Alvin Tex Johnston, and Joseph Cannon.

 

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