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