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Pilot Baskey landed at Tucson on September 20, 1928 flying Stinson SM-1B Detroiter NC6763. Based in Marion, IL he and his passenger, H.E. Barber, were westbound from El Paso, TX to Pasadena, CA. Mr. Barber was president of Egyptian Airways Co. of Marion, IL.

All I have on Earl F. Baskey is a small obituary from his NASM file. He died on May 26, 1984 in Ft. Myers, FL at age 87. He received his wings at Ellington Field, TX in 1918. (No details were given of his possible WWI service). After WWI he flew air mail between July 26, 1920 and March 5, 1921, and mention of him can be found at the link. He then spent four years in China selling American aircraft to the Chinese government.

In 1938 he was recalled to active duty and assigned to implement his plan for recruitment of aviation cadets to build up the Army Air Corps. During WWII he served as corps area air officer for the Fifth Service Command. He retired from the Air Force as Colonel on July 31, 1956, when he reached the statutory age limit.

His visit to Tucson was during the time he was a civilian between the wars.

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