George Lyle With Bankline Oil Company Buhl NC9629, Clover Field, 1929 (Source: Lyle Family)
George Lyle landed and signed the Register at Tucson Friday, January 29,1926 at 4:25PM. Based in Santa Monica, CA, he was westbound from El Paso, TX. He remained overnight, departing for Santa Monica the next day at 10:30AM. He flew, probably solo, an unidentified Travel Air. Although Lyle did not identify his Travel Air, we know, however, that he flew airplanes that were identified by their pilots in the Register.
Based on information shared by his oldest son, Lyle also flew the Register Buhl CA-6 Airsedan NC9629. His son states, "My father George Lyle flew for Bankline Oil Company out of Santa Monica's Clover Field from Sept. 1929 to Nov. 1930. Your Register reflects that Bankline bought the above aircraft on October 11, 1929 [see the airplane's link]. My father's log book shows that he test flew the aircraft for Bankline on October 12, 1929 and flew it continuously until November 13, 1930 when his employment ended...." Lyle never signed NC9629 in any Register.
Lyle also flew the Stearman C-3B NC5084. His son states, "His log book reflects the following 1929 flights in the above aircraft: October 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, and 12; November 13, 15, and 26. After the latter date there was a long hiatus while he flew another Stearman NC8825 [recorded by Lyle in the Clover Field Register, and probably in existence today in a museum] until September 14, 1930. However, on September 14, 1930 he flew a final 15 minute test flight on NC5084. His employment with Bankline ended November 13, 1930, presumably due to the Depression." Like Buhl NC9629, Lyle never signed in any Register as pilot for NC5084.
Lyle's complete biography, including photographs and logbooks shared by his family, can be found just west of here at Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA.
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