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This information comes from the biographical file for pilot Nutt, CN-107000-01, -20, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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See links for Nelson and Crumrine for other information about the Alaska flight.

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Clifford C. Nutt landed at Tucson on March 13, 1926. He flew an Aeromarine NB-S1, 68-513. Based at Wright Field, Dayton, OH he was westbound from El Paso, TX. He did not list his destination in the Register.

Born July 25, 1896, Nutt enlisted as a private in the aviation section of the Signal Corps in 1917. He was commissioned upon completion of his flight training in 1918. He served in 1920 as deputy commander of the Army-sponsored New York to Nome, AK flight, for which he earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his work as a pilot.

Image, below, from site visitor Dan Cahill (via Dade, George C. and Frank Strnad. 1989. Picture History of Aviation on Long Island, 1908-1938. Dover Publications, New York) shows Nutt's arrival at Mitchel Field, NY at the end of the Alaska flight. The caption reads "E.C. Nutt", but it should be "C.C.".

C.C. Nutt (In Cockpit), 1920 (Source: Cahill)
C.C. Nutt (In Cockpit), 1920

Another image of Nutt in a group photo taken around the time of the Alaska flight is available here on this site.

In addition to his Alaska flight, based on his earned experience, Nutt served later (1923-24) as the First World Flight global liaison for the second leg of that flight, from the Russian Komandorski Islands through Japan (cited in Lane, p. 170 in REFERENCES). This link gets you a news article from the New York Times that describes the Alaska flight.

His WWII service began at Patterson Field, Dayton, OH where he served as executive officer and deputy commander. In 1944 he directed the Hawaiian Air Depot where he directed over 8,000 military and civilian technicians in supplying and repairing equipment of the Army Air Force. As of 15 May 1946 he was commander of Hickham Field, Hawaii.

In 1947, then General Nutt was chief of staff of the 1st Air Force at Ft. Slocum, NY, then, in 1948, vice commander of that organization. He held that assignment until his retirement, December 31, 1949.

An obituary from his NASM file (left sidebar) lists his cause of death a cerebral hemorrhage on June 17, 1952 at age 55 after 31 years of service. He also visited Tucson once as a passenger with Captain Louis N. Eller.


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UPLOADED: 10/13/07 REVISED: 10/30/07, 10/06/15

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