William Hudson was born August 25, 1898. He landed and
signed the Register once, on February 8, 1931 at age 32.
Based at Akron, OH, he was westbound from San Antonio, TX
Angeles, CA. He was the Chief Pilot for the Goodyear
Aircraft Company in Akron.
He flew a Curtiss Robin, NC767M,
which was the corporate aircraft for Goodyear, and was painted
accordingly with the company logo (see the link). Below is a copy of his spherical
balloon rating signed by Orville Wright. This is a reasonable
pilot rating to hold if your job is with Goodyear (the company manufactured coating fabrics for balloons and blimps)!
W.N. Hudson Spherical Balloon Certificate
Pilot Hudson attended Stanton Military Academy and learned
to fly in 1920 at the Philadelphia Aero Service School. He
set an unofficial record by soloing after just 132 MINUTES
of instruction. This wouldn' t happen today, where the basic
requirement is 40 HOURS of instruction.
When he went to work for Goodyear, he had been chief pilot
and instructor at McKinley Airport at Canton, OH. He had
previously flown commercially in Pittsburgh, PA. Image, below,
of Hudson with an unidentified Waco Taperwing.
W.N. Hudson & Waco Taperwing
Hudson's son shares the following two aerial images with
us, products of the Goodyear Aircraft Company. The image
below shows the Goodyear blimp hangar at Akron during construction. Note
the cars parked at right, and the hundreds of people at the
open end of the hangar.
Goodyear Blimp Hangar
Image below is a later view of the blimp hangar, after construction
was complete and the roof was painted. Note six blimps aloft,
all of which can fit in the hangar.
Goodyear Blimp Hangar
The interesting image below illustrates how close the
lives of the airplanes and people of the Davis-Monthan Register
can be. The image was taken in Los Angeles on February 8,
1931, with NC767M in the foreground probably just hours
from the time it was on the ground in Tucson. Just behind
it is a de Havilland Moth NC372H. The Moth landed on June
26, 1929 at Tucson. It is rare you find two Davis-Monthan
aircraft captured in the same image!
NC767M, Los Angeles, CA, February 8, 1931
After Goodyear, Hudson had a flying career in the U.S. Navy,
then with the FAA. William Hudson passed away in 1975.
UPLOADED: 02/05/07 REVISED: 08/29/08