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




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Henry Pascale was born in Omaha, NB March 7, 1894. The 1900 U.S. Census, his first, listed him as Henry Pascole (age 6), living with his parents, Vito (37) and Ida (Petose; 37) in Omaha, NB. He lived with three brothers and three sisters. His parents were born in Italy and had moved to the United States in 1880. His father's occupation was coded as "barber."

The 1910 Census listed four more siblings, bringing the household to twelve. They lived in Omaha and his father, Vito, still practiced barbering. I could not find his 1920 Census under either Pascale of Pascole. This is probably because he was assigned to duty in France according to the Army and Navy Register of June 21, 1919.

Pascale landed four times at Tucson. He visted first on Saturday, April 26, 1926. He was flying 25-425, a Douglas C-1 transport. He carried four passengers identified as Burge, V.L., Capt., Hoyt, R.G., Capt., Colliver, H.C., Lt. and Hanlon, W.J. Based at Fairfield, OH, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Santa Monica, CA (probably the Douglas factory there). Their airplane was assigned McCook Field P number P-394. It had been shipped to Fairfield Air Intermediate Depot on October 27, 1925.

His second landing was on Thursday, March 27, 1930. He did not identify his plane type or registration number, but he carried five passengers including Capt. F.D. Hackett and Register pilot Major Hugh J. Knerr. Based at Langley Field, Hampton, VA, they were westbound from Langley. Accompanying Pascale, and signed in the Register, are 26 names of lieutenants, all in one handwriting. No aircraft types or numbers were specified, or who was flying them. Written vertically after their names is "Second Bombardment Groupe [sic] Langley Field, Va."

The 1930 Census, taken on April 4th that year, listed Pascale living in officer's quarters a Langley Field, VA. The Census was recorded between his second and third landing at Tucson, whe he was stationed there.

Pascale's third landing was on April 29, 1930. Although he did not list the date, he did land with a group of other Army planes that did cite the date. He flew an unidentified Fokker carrying five passengers. They were eastbound to El Paso, TX. This was probably the return trip of his bomb group to Langley. His last visit was on Wednesday, August 10, 1932. Based at Langley Field he was westbound from El Paso, TX flying 31-193, a Boeing P-12-C. He was solo this time.

Pascale retired from the military in 1935 as a captain. The Army list of retired officers for 1945, below, referred to an undefined disability in the line of duty.

Henry Pascale, Army Retired List, 1945 (Source: ancestry.com)
Henry Pascale, Army Retired List, 1945 (Source: ancestry.com)

Pascale was also involved in overseas travel during the 1930s-60s. Ancestry.com lists several ship voyages to Cuba and Hawaii, and at least two flights arriving from Amsterdam and Geneva,Switzerland.

Henry Pascale, Late Portrait (Source: VASHF)
Henry Pascale, Late Portrait (Source: VASHF)


Pascale's Flight Log, 1935-36 (Source: Kalina)
Pascale's Flight Log, 1935-36 (Source: Kalina)


All his landings at Tucson were as an Army pilot. He did, however, have a civilian flying career, too, after he retired from the Army in 1935. He is known to have flown at least one Register airplane, the Stinson NC1019. Please direct your browser to the link to view the history of the airplane, a page from Pascale's pilot log, left, that proves this, and a photograph of Pascale with the airplane. Sadly, only one page of this log is filled in with flight information.

The 1940 Census placed him as a guest in the Nob Hill Hotel in San Francisco, CA. He listed his occupation as "Army Oficer." He was married the same year to Frances Emily Abbitt in Newport News, VA.

Henry Pascale, Grave Marker, 1990 (Source: findagrave.com)
Henry Pascale, Grave Marker, 1990 (Source: findagrave.com)


Pascale has no biographical file (left sidebar) at the Smithsonian. He as a very sparse Web presence, which includes the obituary, below, and notification of his induction into the Virginia Aeronautical Society Hall of Fame (VASHF) in 1979. Photo, right is from the link. He was involved with the development and operation of the Chesapeake-Portsmouth Airport for a number of years.

Pascale flew West February 1, 1990. His grave stone is at left. Below, abridged from the February 5, 1990 issue of the Daily Press of Newport News, VA, the following obituary briefly summarizes his life.

Henry Pascale, owner of Hampton Roads Airport in Chesapeake and a member of the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame, died Thursday, Feb. 1, in his home. He was 95.

A former Newport News resident and a retired captain of the Air Force, Mr. Pascale was involved with aviation for more than 70 years. He flew planes until he was 85. He was past president of the board of directors of the private airport, located off Route 13 near the Suffolk city line.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Mr. Pascale graduated in 1916 from the University of Nebraska. He later received a law degree from University of Dayton Law School.

He joined the Army in 1917, then became a member of the Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the Air Force. At the end of World War I, he ran a jail in Paris but soon returned to the Army Air Corps, where he had a varied career. He flew experimental aircraft, ran a Civilian Conservation Corps camp and flew under the command of Gen. Billy Mitchell, taking part in the aerial bombing experiments in the Chesapeake Bay. He retired from active duty in 1937.

Mr. Pascale was past vice president of the board of directors of Van Sumner Inc., a tennis court construction company in Virginia; was past owner of Richmond Cedar Works; and served on the board of directors of several other companies.

He received a commercial pilot's license in 1965 and flew solo across the continental United States in 1967.

He was awarded a doctor of humane letters from the University of Nebraska Foundation in 1983. A section of the Nebraska Alumni Hall was named in his honor in 1988.

Mr. Pascale was married to the late Frances Abbott Pascale of Newport News, who taught at the old Newport News High School. ...

Pascale can be seen briefly in a motion picture film of the 1930 National Air Races. Follow the link and select the film from there.


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