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There is no biographical file for pilot Hart in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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Jesse Hart, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Lyon)


Jesse E. Hart landed once at Tucson. He arrived on Saturday, September 22, 1928 near noon. He was solo in Travel Air 2000, NC4945. Based in Corning, CA, he was westbound from El Paso, TX to San Diego, CA. He noted in the Remarks column of the Register, "2 hr. 40 minutes El Paso - Tucson, Ariz."

Portrait, left, courtesy of site visitor John Lyon. Mr. Lyon states about the image, "[Hart is] wearing a 'Varney Air Transport' cap.  This was one of the several air lines started by Walter Varney.  Hart is standing in front of a fuselage which, from the shape of the window, appears to be a [Lockheed] Vega, which Varney flew.  The line was the predecessor of Continental Air Lines, which may explain why Hart lived in Denver when he died in 1949."

There is only one Social Security Index entry for a Jesse Hart who passed away in (January) 1949. That person was born on January 5, 1898. If this is our Jesse hart, he was only 50-51 when he died.

Below, from friend of dmairfield.org, John Underwood, is an autographed photograph of pilot Hart. His neat, cursive handwriting matches that of his signature in the Register on page 66. The photo caption suggests he was working for Continental Airlines at the time.

Jesse E. Hart, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Underwood)

I do not recognize the location of the photograph. Can anyone HELP with details? Hart has little Web presence that I could find. One source sites airmail covers signed by Hart while he was flying for Continental. He does not have a biographical file at the NASM.


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