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There is no data for pilot Heacock in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.
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Galveston, TX News Article, April 2, 1934 (Source: Woodling)


Lowell Heacock landed once at Tucson, Sunday, December 15, 1935 at 2:00 PM. Lieutenant Heacock was solo in the Boeing P-12-E he identified as 32-65. He appears to have been a flight of two with fellow Army pilot Lt. D.O. Darrow, who also flew a P-12-E identified as 31-568. Based at Riverside, CA March Field, they were both westbound from El Paso, TX to Riverside.

Shortly before this time, Heacock was flying airmail for the US government. A feel for what it was like to fly the mail in those days was made clear in the article, right, from the Galveston (TX) Daily News of April 2, 1934.

L.E. Heacock, June 29, 1951
(Source: USCDL)


Heacock learned to fly in the Air Corps. He flew as an Army air mail pilot and later (1936?) signed on with United Airlines where he spent the remainder of his flying career. I have no information about Lt. Heacock after his landing at Tucson, except that he worked as a transport pilot for United Airlines. Photograph, left, is from the University of California Digital Library at the link. The photograph was taken June 29, 1951 for the Los Angeles Examiner. It shows pilot Heacock in a United Airlines aircraft.

Long Beach (CA) Independent Press-Telegram & News, March 30, 1969 (Source: Woodling)




Heacock retired from United Airlines in 1969. At left, an article from the March 30, 1969 issue of the Long Beach (CA) Independent Press-Telegram & News documents his retirement. It appears he went into real estate after United.

Heacock was born Tuesday,  March  9, 1909 and passed away Friday,  January  26, 2001, aged 91 years, 10 months, 17 days. He was one of just a handful of Register pilots to see the 21st century (see these others: Harold Boddorff, Robert Buck, John Miller, Bill Piper, Jr., Bobbi Trout, and others. If you know anything about his life during WWII, please let me KNOW.

Thanks to Guest Editor Bob Woodling for helping to research this page.




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