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


EAA's publication, Vintage Airplane, June 2004 and xxxx (stand by for this second article).


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George K. Scott, date unk.



George Scott landed at Tucson on November 12, 1929.  He was solo, flying a New Standard, NC28K.  In the Register NC28K is identified as a Bird, but with further research at the NASM, and receipt of the official historic record from the FAA, it is definitely a New Standard D-25. Follow the link to learn about this airplane.

He was inbound from El Paso, TX on his way to Los Angeles, CA.  He landed with what appears to be a flight of two, the other airplane being Brunner-Winkle Bird NC48K flown by J.F. Hoffman.

His visit to Tucson is not surprising, since George Klossen Scott eked out a living early in the Great Depression by ferrying new Bird aircraft from the factory in Brooklyn, NY to their new owners around the country.  What is surprising is that he was flying a New Standard. He had been a pilot for about a year when he came to Tucson.

We know a lot about pilot Scott’s life, since his grandson, Tom Matowitz, has published two articles about him in two issues of Vintage Airplane magazine (see PDF files of article 1 and article 2). Image, right, is from the first article. Tom tells me this photo was taken by George's mother, in their yard, the same day he took his first flight lesson in 1928. Note the good-looking A-1 jacket.

Interestingly, Tom is an example of a double-dip into the Davis-Monthan Register. His paternal grandfather was police chief of Cleveland, OH, and during WWII took a nighttime aerial tour of the city to inspect the effectiveness of wartime blackout procedures. His pilot was E.W. "Pop" Cleveland and they flew in a Beech Staggerwing. Curious how the Register has a habit of touching so many interwoven lives.

The Vintage Airplane articles contain images of Scott, as well as a nice image of his student pilot permit from 1928.  I won’t repeat the contents of these articles here, since Tom did a much better job of portraying his grandfather than I ever could.

George Scott was fortunate to have many good friends. He was a cautious pilot, preferring to stay on the ground wishing he was in the air, rather than being in the air wishing he was on the ground.

He was a, "serious and demanding" flight instructor, holding himself and his students to high standards of performance.

He was born June 2, 1906 and died May 14, 1975.


Below is an image of George Scott’s pilot license, limited commercial #4888, courtesy of Tom.  Imagine being 22-23 years old and flying brand new airplanes cross-country; literally coast-to-coast!

G.K. Scott Pilot License, 1930


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THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 05/04/06 REVISED: 05/09/06, 01/18/08, 01/26/08

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Special thanks to author Tom Matowitz for sharing with us information about his grandfather. 

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