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George H. "Buck" Miller, 1944 (Source: Hendrickson)
George H. "Buck" Miller, 1944

George Miller landed twice at Tucson. The first time, on Wednesday, March 16, 1932 at 2:30 PM, he arrived carrying two unidentified passengers in Buhl CA-1WA NC8458. They were based at Philadelphia, PA and arrived from El Paso, TX enroute westbound to Los Angeles, CA. Please direct your browser to the airplane's page to see images of this sleek craft.

His second landing was on April 13, 1932 in a Kellett K-3 autogiro, NC12691. He carried a single passenger, one R.H. Marti. They were again westbound having arrived from El Paso, TX. They did not list a final destination in the Register. This aircraft is is a coupe model, with enclosed cockpit (see below).

From 1943 to 1946 George Miller was at Platt-LePage Aircraft (PLA) as the test pilot for the XR-1 and XR-1A helicopters. After PLA closed in August 1946, Miller did some of the flight test work on the McDonnell XHJD-1 helicopter, which was essentially a PLA design.

Below, we see (L to R) unknown, Col. H. Franklin Gregory, Buck Miller in the cockpit and Dr. W. Laurence LePage. The aircraft is the Platt-LePage XR-1A helicopter.

Delivery of Platt-LePage XR-1A, Wright Field, June 21, 1944 (Source: Hendrickson)
Delivery of  Platt-LePage XR-1A, Wright Field, June 21, 1944

LePage designed the Kellett K-3 autogiro (among other models) that Miller flew to Tucson on April 13, 1932. Below is an image of a sister ship, NC12671.

Kellett K-3 Autogiro, NC12671 (Source: Hendrickson)
Kellett K-3 Autogiro, NC12671

Miller also landed once at Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA. Please direct your browser there for further biographical information.


UPLOADED: 06/15/11 REVISED: 12/07/17

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All of the images and most of the information on this page are used with permission from Jay Hendrickson, Platt-LePage Aircraft Co. Archives. Many thanks to Jay for sharing these with us.

Please direct your browser to Jay's link to see a profile of the Platt-LePage Aircraft Co.



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Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race is available at the link. What was it like to fly from Oakland to Honolulu in a single-engine plane during August 1927? Was the 25,000 dollar prize worth it? Did the resulting fame balance the risk? For the first time ever, this book presents the pilot and navigator's stories written by them within days of their record-setting adventure. Pilot Art Goebel and navigator William V. Davis, Jr. take us with them on the Woolaroc, their orange and blue Travel Air monoplane (NX869) as they enter the hazardous world of Golden Age trans-oceanic air racing.


Clover Field: The First Century of Aviation in the Golden State. With the 100th anniversary in 2017 of the use of Clover Field as a place to land aircraft in Santa Monica, this book celebrates that use by exploring some of the people and aircraft that made the airport great.


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