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There is no biographical file for pilot Meadow in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.
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New York Times, May 19, 1929 (Source: NYT)
New York Times, May 19, 1929 (Source: NYT)

Second Lieutenant E.L. Meadow was a native of Tennessee and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He became a military aviator at Kelly Field, TX in 1928.

He visited Tucson and signed our Register twice. Both times he was solo flying the Boeing P-12, 29-361, and both times he was based at Rockwell Field, San Diego, CA.

His first visit was Sunday, April 28, 1929. He was southwest bound from Phoenix, AZ to San Diego. His second visit was on Friday, May 10, 1929. He was eastbound from San Diego to El Paso, TX (and probably to points east).

From the Register entries surrounding Meadow's signature, there were at least nine Boeing aircraft on the same itinerary on that day, each signing the Register between 9:45 and 10:15 AM and departing at 1:00 PM. His appeared to be part of a flight of Boeing P-12 and PW-9D aircraft all going the same way.

Where they were going is captured in the New York Times article at right. His 95th Pursuit Squadron, based at Rockwell Field, was to participate in War Maneuvers at Fairfield, OH beginning on May 18th. These Maneuvers were led by Register pilot Benjamin Foulois. Meadow did not know it at on the 10th Tucson, but he had the next eight days to live.

Note in the article that Register pilot and federal Director of Aeronautics, Clarence M. Young was among the observers at the War Maneuvers. He is cited as flying a "Stearman plane." This is probably NS-17, the Department of Commerce airplane he brought to Tucson September 2nd that year.

Part of the Maneuvers took place in and near Cincinnati, OH and Lunken Airport is mentioned in the article.

We learn from the article that Lt. Meadow was 25 years old.



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