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This information comes from the biographical file for pilot Hall, CH-051000-01 & 051500-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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J.R. Hall, 1913
J. Hall, 1913

This one is confusing. It is a good indication of some of the problems that arise when trying to research 80-year old archives about people who share a relatively common name, and who aren't on the leading edge of fame. The challenge is how to differentiate between "J. Hall", "J.R. Hall" and "Jack Hall"?

The NASM folder (left sidebar) for "J.R. Hall" is very sparse. It contains only two news clippings. At left is an image of "J.R. Hall", obviously a pilot, and possibly the "J. Hall" that signed our Register.

Of interest is the other clipping about a "Jack Hall" (below) which references one of our best known pilots, John Miller.

One "J. Hall" landed at Tucson once on January 12, 1935 flying a Stinson registered NS-7, a U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) number.  Based in Washington, DC, Hall was inbound from Tulsa, OK.  He did not enter his destination in the Register.  He carried two passengers: M.G. Kenney and J.W. McKenzie.  Hall wrote in the remarks section of the Register "Mapping". 

His airplane is also a puzzle.  Identified by J. Hall as a Stinson, NS-7 was also the registration number of the DOC Fairchild that accompanied Lindbergh on his U.S. Tour (follow this link to see moving picture footage of Lindbergh, the “Spirit of St. Louis” and NS-7 on the ground at Tucson).

Without further data, the Stinson may be another DOC airplane that replaced the Fairchild that accompanied Lindbergh.  Or the pilot may have misidentified it in the Register.  Misidentification doesn’t seem probable in that the number is written very boldly and clearly in pencil.

John Miller Reference, 12/1/39

So, is "J. Hall", the pilot who signed the Register, the same person as "J.R. Hall", the pilot archived at the NASM, and is either one of them the same person as "Jack Hall" who flew with John Miller? To find out, I sent an email to John Miller to ask what he remembered about "Jack Hall". This is what he said (04/07/07):

"I remember that I did fly Jack Hall from the roof, the only passenger I can remember. He was an employee of EAL on the roof while I was flying there for a year. He died later. Jack Hall was not a pilot. He was just hired to take care of the office on the roof. As I said, he died quite a long time ago. John"

Now we know that "Jack Hall" is neither "J. Hall" nor "J.R. Hall". But we still don't know if "J. Hall" of the Register is "J.R. Hall" of the NASM archive. Is that clear? Does anyone KNOW?


You may view a film of John Miller flying the EAL autogiro off the roof of the Philadelphia Post Office here.

Dossier 2.1.94


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