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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Stinson, CS-884400-01, -40, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


Image, right, is from page 13 of:

Forden, Lesley. 1973. The Ford Air Tours: 1925-1931. Nottingham Press Alemeda, CA. ISBN: 7293781. This book is available as a PDF download here.


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A Google search for "Edward A. Stinson" will get you about 90 hits (as of UPLOAD date of this page).

The Tucson Citizen. October 7, 1927 (right).


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Edward A. "Eddie" Stinson


Edward Anderson "Eddie"Stinson, Jr., was born July 11, 1894 (some say 1893, see below) at Fort Payne, Alabama. He died as a result of an airplane crash near Chicago, Illinois, on January 26, 1932. He made an enormous contribution to aviation during his short life by manufacturing a line of robust and diverse aircraft bearing the Stinson name. His siblings, Catherine, Marjorie and Jack, were also prodigious aviators of the period; Catherine and Marjorie being among the first female aviators in the world.

He was an instructor at Kelly Field during World War I, and at the conclusion of the war, he founded the Detroit-Stinson company, which later was acquired by the Cord (automobile) corporation.

Besides sport and transport aircraft, he built the trans-Atlantic planes of Ruth Elder and George Haldeman (both signers of the Register), as well as the globe-circling ship of Brock and Schlee. See this link for similar information.

Stinson landed twice at Tucson, on October 7, 1927 and on July 10, 1928. His 1927 flight is cited in the Tucson Citizen of the same date (see article immediately below). He logged his arrival time in the Register as 3:10PM, ten minutes behind the estimate printed in the newspaper. One of his passengers this day, Lynn Lockhart, appears in the passenger list of another Register airplane, Fokker NC535E.

Tucson Citizen, 10/7/1927

His July 1928 flight was as a participant in the 1928 Ford Reliability Tour. His airplane, a Stinson SM-1DA Detroiter, NC5900, manufactured June 28, 1928, was less than a month old when he landed with it at Tucson.

The airplane was manufactured with the express intention of being flown in the Tour. It bore race number 20 and he noted four passengers in the Register. However the “official” Tour information lists only two (William Baldwin and Thomas Colby). The Forden book (reference, left) lists five passengers (F.M. Soule, Lloyd Stone, Orval Porter, Mrs. Stinson, John C.Day). There's no saying that passengers were not exchanged at any of the various Tour stops.

The 1928 Tour wasn't all grueling flying. The Forden book (chapter 4) states,

"Eddie Stinson won more silver dollars than he could carry in the crap game that began when they all arrived in San Francisco, a nonstop affair about which irate wives would be lecturing for years afterward."

At the finish line, Stinson, NC5900 and his passengers, whoever and however many they were, placed fifth in the Tour in 1928. They won $1,250.

All totaled, nine Stinson aircraft competed in the National Air Tours between 1926 and 1931. There are 134 landings by Stinson aircraft recorded between 1927 and 1936 in the Davis-Monthan Register. This is a remarkable representation by his aircraft brand, given that the first one manufactured rolled out of the factory on January 25, 1926. This link provides information on the Stinson Aircraft Company.

The following information, as well as information about Stinson family geneology, can be found at this link. Regarding "Balloonatic," the 14th Photo Section, 1st Army, in 1918, was called "The Balloonatic Section". The section specialized in photoreconnaissance.

"Edward A. "Eddie" Stinson Jr.: Eddie was born July 11, 1893, in Fort Payne, Ala. On Jan. 26, 1932, he was demonstrating a new Reliant model airplane when he died in a plane crash at Jackson Park, Chicago, Ill. He is buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Mich. He married Estelle Judy on Oct. 1, 1919, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Estelle was born Feb. 2, 1889, in McKeesport, Pa. She died Jan. 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, Calif. They had no children of their own, however, Eddie did adopt Estelle's son Raymond Judy. Raymond Judy was born in 1911 and died April 26, 1984, in Colorado Springs, Colo. His cremains were buried Aug. 20, 1984, in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Mich., next to his stepfather. Raymond and his wife, Anne N., had six children. Eddie Stinson Jr. was a World War I military pilot, Temp O-4 Balloonatic, Wright Field, 1924 Captain, FAI license no. 375, December 1915. Stinson Field in Aberdeen, Miss., is named for him. Stinson Aircraft Co., Wayne, Mich., (near Detroit) was sold to Vultee Aircraft Co. after his death."


Eddie Stinson Obituary

The notice of his death, right, is from an undated 1932 newsclipping from the Charles Cooper Photograph and Document Collection.

At the time of his death at age 38, Stinson had accumulated more than 16,000 hours of flight time, more than any other pilot to date--many hundreds of hours, on average, per year during his short life.

This article's crumbled, folded sepia newsprint leaves us wondering what might have been if Stinson had lived and joined the other mainstays of aircraft manufacture whose efforts during the 1930s, during WWII and later, bring us to where aviation technology is today. Indeed, even in his absence, over the next three decades more than 13,000 aircraft would carry the Stinson name.


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UPLOADED: 01/19/06 REVISED: 03/13/08, 11/30/08, 11/30/09

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