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




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H.C. Lippiatt, Date Unknown (Source: Heins)
H.C. Lippiatt, Date Unknown (Source: Heins)

H.C. Lippiatt landed six times at Tucson. He was an aircraft distributor (Travel Air and Waco) based in Los Angeles, CA. Image, right, courtesy of site contributor Andy Heins.

Below is a chronological table of his landings with his airplanes and passengers cited.


Airplane Passengers Date
Travel Air A.C. Luz April 23, 1927
Travel Air NC2123 A.C. Goebel June 14, 1927
Travel Air NC2123 A.C. Goebel June 18, 1927
Travel Air NC6020 Solo June 4, 1928
Travel Air NC4182 A.C. Luz August 21, 1928
Waco NC13423 Mr. & Mrs. Nicholls September 3, 1933


I have no information about passengers Mr. & Mrs. Nicholls. Does anyone KNOW anything about them? Passenger Luz was Lippiatt's mechanic, as cited in this article from the April 18, 1927 issue of the Titusville (FL) Herald.

Titusville Herald, April 18, 1927 (Source: Webmaster)
Titusville Herald, April 18, 1927 (Source: Webmaster)

A similar article appeared on April 19, 1927 in the Chillicothe (MO) Daily Constitution and a more detailed account in the New York Times of April 18th, below.

New York Times, April 18, 1927 (Source: NYT)
New York Times, April 18, 1927 (Source: NYT)


Passenger Arthur C. Goebel was an aviation pioneer and record setter himself. In August, 1927, just a couple of months after these visits to Davis-Monthan, he flew 2,437 miles in 26 hours and 17 minutes in the Travel Air 500 named “Woolaroc”, winning the $25,000 prize for the Dole Race (see books cited in right sidebar) from the Pacific Coast to Hawaii. Flying different aircraft, he later visited Davis-Monthan five times. Lippiatt and Goebel were subject to an inspection by the U.S. Border Patrol during their visits together. Please direct your browser to the links for Lippiatt's airplanes to learn about them.

In his role as aircraft distributor, in addition to the ones tabulated above, other Register aircraft that Lippiatt touched are NC1019, NC162W, NC5137, NC6019, NC6021, 7282, NC9813, and NC13578. He also "signed off" on pilot log entries entered by Pancho Barnes.

In the absence of a NASM biographical file, I have little personal information about Lippiatt. If you have such information, please let me KNOW. He has a very modest Web presence. He has archives in a couple of repositories including the Online Archives of California and the University of Kansas, Wichita. A photograph of his business hangar at Van Nuys Airport is at the link. Note on the right side of this picture is a sign advertising fellow Register pilot Grover Ruckstell's business.

Lippiatt competed in the 1928 National Air Races (NAR), specifically the California Class B Race from Oakland to Los Angeles. He placed first in this event flying a Travel Air, race #7. He won $1,250 and the Oakland Chamber of Commerce Trophy, South California Building and Finance Trophy and the H. Reeve Darling Trophy. He also picked up $150 "lap money" from the city of Bakersfield, CA. His win was reported in the September 13, 1928 issue of the Salt Lake City Tribune.

H.C. Lippiatt was born January 20, 1897 and died August 12, 1947 at age 50 years in Los Angeles, CA. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO with his wife, Mary Dumesnil Lippiatt (November 30, 1886-January 15, 1977).



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