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George R Bauer
Howard G Bartling
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A Kansas City Boy Dreamed of Flying around the World--and Did
Photos and biographical article about William Paul Odom, or William Odom, a record-setting airplane pilot "reared in Kansas City and learn[ing] to fly here ten years ago." Born in Belton, Missouri, about...
Aerial View of Plane and Pilot
Aerial view of an airplane pilot standing in cockpit--possibly performing an stunt--flying above an industrial area and river.
Aviator Art Goebel
Aviator Art Goebel and another man standing outside of the Art Goebel School of Flying at Municipal Airport.
Photo and bio of William Ong, or Bill Ong, "businessman and aviation pioneer" learning to fly "in 1927 at the Bennett Eaglerock Sales Co. Flying School at Richards Field, located in what is now downtown...
Claims Flying Record: Max Conrad Lands in St. Louis after 5,000-Mile Flight
Article about 65-year-old pilot Max Conrad and his successful claim of "the world's record for flying distance in a closed circuit," in the air for 38 hours "from Saint Louis to Des Moines to Kansas City...
Colonel Arthur Goebel
Photo and description of Colonel Arthur Goebel, winning pilot of a 1927 competition "to fly the 2,439 miles from San Francisco to Hawaii," establishing about 1929 "a flying school at 101 West 12th in Kansas...
March 24, 1952
File containing a biographical article about Lieutenant Dayton Ragland, a black "U.S. jet pilot now being held as prisoner of war in China." Son of the pastor of the West Paseo Christian Church and recipient...
Edward Porterfield, Jr.
Photo and bio of Edward Everett Porterfield, Jr., or Ed Porterfield (1890-1948), a native Kansas Citian and founder of "the Porterfield Flying School at Richards Field" in 1925 and of the American Eagle...
From Desk to Cockpit: Then It's Back to Clerical Job for Mrs. Grace M. Harris
Photo, caption, and article about Mrs. Grace Harris, "a 2-time winner at the National Air races in Cleveland," awarded there by actor Jimmy Stewart. Description of her airplane flying career which began...
Gilbert L. Worley, Jr.
Portrait of Lt. Gilbert L. Worley, Jr., a flyer in the United States Army. He was born in Topeka, Kansas, April 12, 1920. He graduated from Southwest High School in Kansas City and from Kansas University...
John Brock's Flying Record
Photos and description of John Brock, an optometrist and "President of the Specialty Optical Company, 1009 McGee Street," honored in 1930 at the Hotel Muehlebach for his record-setting 365 days of consecutive...
Kansas City in Caricature
Illustrated caricature of C. B. McClusky, vice-president of the Reserve National Bank and presumably an airplane pilot (pictured flying an early airplane).
Pilot Says Flying Pope John Paul II 'Was the Peak of My Experience'
April 1, 2011
In-depth article about Nelson Krueger, airline pilot for Trans World Airlines (TWA), who captained the specially outfitted plane for Pope John Paul during the week of Oct. 1-7, 1979, on the Pope's first...
R. Shelden and Ruth Stafford
Biographical article about R. Shelden Stafford and his wife Ruth Stafford, local "ferry pilots" flying small airplanes to destinations around the world from their headquarters residence "at Lake Lotawana."...
Photo and description of the flying career of black baseball pitcher Leroy Robert Paige, or Satchel Paige (~1907-1982), traveling around the country in barnstorming appearances as a baseball player starting...
The Aviatrix and the University: Amelia Earhart at Purdue
Biographical article about Amelia Earhart, the pioneer woman aviator from Kansas, and her associations in the mid-1930s with Purdue University in Indiana, responsible for financing her flying experiments...
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