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This information comes from the biographical file for pilot Young, CY-390000-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.



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Navy Lt.(JG) H.L. Young landed at Tucson and signed the Register on April 6, 1929 at 11:30 AM. He was flying a Boeing F3B-1 that he identified by its squadron number "2-F-4". He was actually part of a flight of seven F3B-1s that landed at Tucson that morning, including 2-F-1, 10, 11, 12, 15 and 2-F-18. You can see an image of 2-F-18 here.

The home base for all of them was identified as the Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA. They stayed on the ground for exactly an hour and departed. They did not identify their destination, nor did they leave any information in the Remarks column of the Register that might suggest what the purpose of their flight was. What fun it must have been, though, to fly from San Diego to Tucson on a Spring day (probably with a tail wind).

Sparse is the adjective describing the NASM dossier for Lt. Young. There is one small entry from "Who's Who of American Aviation" for 1928. Young was born in Brooklyn, NY November 23, 1901. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1923. His first solo was September 11, 1925. He earned Naval Aviator number 3,298 in 1926.

From 1925-26 he was stationed at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL; from 1926-27 with the Battle Fleet, U.S.S. California. At some point in the 1930s he flew the diminutive Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk from either the U.S.S. Akron or U.S.S. Macon. He is pictured with fellow Sparrowhawk pilots at the link.

He doesn't have much of a Web presence, however, this link provides a nice summary of his Navy life. He won the Navy Cross during WWII.

Young died on April 4, 1954, in Chula Vista, California.


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