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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Collins, CC-438005-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.




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"Test Pilot" Dust Cover (Source: Web)


Lieutenant Jimmy Collins landed once at Tucson, Friday, December 8, 1927 at 5:00PM. He carried a single passenger identified as Corporal Pofahl. They flew in the Consolidated PT-1 that Collins identified as 25-279. Since it was late in the day, they elected to remain overnight at Tucson, departing the next morning at 8:20AM. Based at March Field, Riverside, CA, they were westbound from Lordsburg, NM to Riverside. The purpose of their flight was noted as "Ferry."

Collins was soon to leave the military for several civilian flying positions through 1935. He would work for a number of well-known aviation companies.

As well as being a seasoned aviator/test pilot, Collins was a published author, who wrote many magazine articles and a 1935 book entitled "Test Pilot" (dust cover of the book is at right). This short (96 pages), very readable book provides candid, fascinating views of what it was like to fly commercially and as a test pilot in the 1920s and 30s. You can download a free copy of this book at the link above.

Collins was killed March 23,1935 while testing a Grumman aircraft for the Navy under a federal contract. His book was actually published posthumously by his wife. An article from Popular Aviation (PA), August, 1935 is below. It describes Collins' work and his final flight.

Popular Aviation, August, 1935 (Source: PA)
Popular Aviation, August, 1935 (Source: PA)

An undated news article contained his obituary, below.

Collins Obituary, Ca. March 23, 1935 (Source: Collins Relative)
Collins Obituary, Ca. March 23, 1935 (Source: Collins Relative)


Collins also landed Wednesday, August 31, 1932 at Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA and is signed in the Pitcairn Field Register. Full details of Collins' life in aviation, with photographs and news commentary, are given at Collins' Web page at the Pitcairn Field Register Web Site.


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