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This information comes from the biographical file for pilot Gould, CG-454000-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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William C. Gould landed twice at Tucson. He signed the Register on December 20, 1928 flying Stinson Junior NC7786.  He was westbound this day from El Paso, TX to San Diego, CA.  He carried one passenger, G.L Chapman.  He landed next on May 30, 1929 flying Stearman NC6483.  He had arrived from El Paso, TX, but did not list his destination.  He carried his wife as lone passenger.

The NASM file for pilot Gould (left sidebar) contains one undated newspaper article.  From the context, the article was published sometime in 1939-40 just before the U.S. entered WWII.  Gould is cited in the article as being the retiring general manager of the American Aircraft Corporation of Antwerp, Belgium.  With this position affording credibility, he used the article as a podium to criticize the increasing speeds of European combat aircraft, and to promote a method for selling airplanes given America’s non-involvement in the conflict. 

He held that, “…personal observation of the new European fighting plane types had convinced him they were ‘too hot’ for all but the most experienced pilots to handle.”  He noted the death tolls from training accidents, and said these accidents, “…would double when it became necessary for military planes to stop using the huge, well kept airdromes and spread out to small emergency flying fields to avoid being targets for enemy bombers.”

He was especially concerned about landing speeds.  He said, “Many of the foreign fighting ships land far too fast.  They have to come in at seventy-five or eighty miles an hour to avoid stalling …. Furthermore, their undercarriages seem to be weak, and are frequently ‘wiped out’ on rough ground landings.”

To promote his business, he cited, “…the neutrality law revision now under consideration to permit a ‘cash-and-carry’ purchasing by any nation, would be more likely to contribute toward peace … than the present set-up.  A cash-and-carry policy, particularly in connection with airplane sales, couldn’t bring us into war, because American lives would be endangered in the deliveries.  Furthermore, it would help us to get back some of the money Europe owes us in war debts, and it would get our heavy industry going.”  History would prove that he was close (but no cigar) to the “lend-lease” program.  Our heavy industry, indeed, kicked into motion December 7, 1941 and has never stopped.

I do not know pilot Gould’s birth or death dates, or anything about his earlier flying career (the article cites he had accumulated 1,500 flight hours).  If you KNOW, please contact me.


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