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This information comes from the biographical file for pilot Elliott, CE-204500-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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Department of Commerce Pilot

Pilot Elliott was born in Greenville, TX on November 16, 1901.  He was educated at Texas A&M, and from this institution he was appointed a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps on July 5, 1924.  He graduated the following year from the Air Corps Training School at Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX.

He served with the First Pursuit Group, Selfridge Field, Mt. Clemens, MI, where he served with distinction.  He participated in numerous mass-formation flights, including a good-will trip to Montreal in sub-zero temperature. 

While at Selfridge, he won the annual Mitchell trophy Race for pilots of the First Pursuit Group, which qualified him to fly in the free-for-all pursuit race held at Philadelphia in connection with the Sesqui-Centennial in 1926.  He finished second in this contest.  See NC1661 for a Davis-Monthan Airfield Register airplane that was at the Sesqui-Centennial.

In 1927, he was assigned to Brooks Field, TX as an instructor.  In March 1928 he resigned the military to accept the position of airways extension superintendent with the Department of Commerce (DOC).  In this capacity he surveyed the airways between San Diego-Los Angeles, San Diego-El Paso, Los Angeles-Albuquerque, Los Angeles-Amarillo, Cincinnati-Chicago and Jacksonville-Atlanta. 

He also conducted a special survey of a Northern-Transcontinental airway which was specially authorized by Congress.  He was engaged in airway patrol work and experimental and research flying in connection with radio range (“A-N”) beacon development.

L.C. Elliott Memorial Plaque
L.C. Elliott Memorial Plaque

It is during his DOC tenure that we see Elliott landing at Tucson five times between February 1930 and August 1932.  On four of his landings he flew DOC aircraft, NS7548, a Stearman, and NS2Y, a Bellanca.  These “official” flights were probably in support of his east-west airway surveys.  He landed once as a civilian in Stinson NC458H.  On this flight he carried Mr. & Mrs. W.R. Elliott.  There is no indication if they were related in the NASM record or in the Register.

In 1934, Elliott was appointed to the post of manager of the Fourth Air Navigation District with headquarters at Fort Worth, TX.  He was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the lighted and radio equipped airways in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Elliott went farther west on May 15, 1970. The plaque, right, is from this link, which provides information regarding his final resting place.


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UPLOADED: 07/18/06 REVISED: 12/31/07

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