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This information comes from the biographical information file for pilot Carl ,  CC-070500-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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Aircraft Year Book. 1929. Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc. New York, NY. (results for the 1928 Race appear in the 1929 Yearbook).


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Albert C. Carl visited Tucson twice in Pitcairn PA-4 NC3261. Each time he carried A.K. Owen as passenger. Based in Reading, PA, their first arrival on September 9, 1928 was from Lordsburg, NM and they were on their way to Los Angeles, CA. Their second landing on September 21, 1928 arrived from Phoenix, AZ and they were eastbound to El Paso, TX.

They arrived on September 9th amid the flurry of airplanes and pilots competing in the 1928 National Air Races ("On to Los Angeles"). Their Fleetwing competed in the NAR that year and placed 20th with Owen recorded as the pilot.

Pilot Carl was born in Shamokin, PA on February 7, 1904. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Service in January 1924 and was assigned to the 1st Observation Squadron at Mitchel Field, LI, NY. He was assigned to the Air Service Technical School at Rantoul, IL in February 1925 and graduated the Crew Chief Course and Parachute Riggers Course in November 1925.

He returned to Mitchel Field in December 1925 and was honorably discharged in June 1926. He learned to fly (while on furlough) at Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA in April 1926. He purchased a Waco for barnstorming immediately after discharge. He barnstormed through Pennsylvania until October 1927.

He was employed by Reading Airways as Chief Instructor of flying at Whander Field, Reading, PA in October 1927. He married Peggy T. Davis of Shamokin on Novermber 17, 1928. He flew for Reading Airways (for whom he was employed when he visited Tucson, see above) until October 1929 when he was then employed as copilot by Colonial Air Transport (later merged with American Airlines) on the Newark, NJ to Boston, MA run. For a time he was pilot on the Newark to Montreal, Canada, run.

The New York Times of March 10, 1930 headlined, "PLANE DOWN ON GOLF LINKS". The article is as follows, right:

NYT, 3/10/1930

Shortly, due to a reduction in schedules, he was furloughed in July 1930 (effects of the Great Depression?). He was then employed by Martz Airlines from May 1931 until May 1933 on the Newark - Wilkes Barre, PA - Buffalo, NY run. He went with American Airlines in May 1933 when American absorbed Martz.

He was copilot for American Airlines on the Newark-Buffalo-Detroit-Chicago run until April 1934, when the air mail contract was cancelled and he was again furloughed. He became, in April 1934, Captain for Pennsylvania Central Airlines.

His pilot certificate number was 1968 and he held the S.A.T.R. rating for transport pilots promulgated by our own Gilbert G. Budwig in 1933. According to his NASM records (reference, left sidebar), Carl had accumulated 10,600 flight hours as of March 20, 1941.

This is all the information I have about our pilot Albert C. Carl. As of the date below, he flies again on the Web. If you have additional information, especially photographs, please let me KNOW.


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