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This information comes from the biographical file for pilot Dowling , CD-632000-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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William H. Dowling

William H. Dowling

Aircraft Dealer and Moving Picture Pilot

William H. Dowling was a Waco and Fairchild dealer at Fullerton, CA.  He learned to fly in 1924 in Jennies, and then graduated to Wacos and Fairchilds.  He ran a flying school as well as a dealership, and flew stunts for the early moving picture companies.

The image, from the January, 1931 “Aero Digest”, shows him standing next to a Waco dressed up as a British military airplane with a dummy wooden gun mounted above his right hand.

W.H. Dowling, ca. 1931


Dowling visited Tucson on August 3, 1927 flying an unidentified Waco 10.  He carried as passenger M.C. Loutt.  They were westbound from Lordsburg, NM back to their home base, Fullerton, CA.  They signed the Register at 11:15AM, probably had lunch, and departed at 1:30PM.  Interestingly, their airplane was inspected while on the ground by one of the early U.S. Border Patrol agents, Chester Gracie (Gracie signed in the Remarks column of the Register).

I know very little about pilot Dowling.  Can you help?




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UPLOADED: 07/11/06 REVISED: 11/18/08

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