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For its size and geographic location, Pitcairn Field attracted a number of the interesting aviators of the Golden Age. Aircraft manufacturers, record-setting pilots and military pilots are represented.
At Pitcairn Field during the period the Register lay open for pilots to sign, 328 pilots signed, with 305 landings by civil pilots, 16 by military pilots and 6 by female pilots. Clearly, when most pilots flew, it was generally with someone else on board. Identified solo flight accounted for only 62 landings.
Unlike the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register which is a part of this suite of Register sites, the Pitcairn Field Register did not have a specific printed column devoted to passenger identities. Therefore, passengers are under represented (30 identified) or represented only by numbers, e.g. "4" passengers, rather than by name. This is too bad, since some flights carried passengers for whom we will never know their names.
But, the fundamental question answered and linked through this page and the dropdown menus below is: Who were the real people represented 80 years ago by the hastily scrawled, long-hand signatures on the yellowed pages of the Register? Please use the dropdown menus below to select pilots or passengers from the database, and to learn about their lives.
Regardless of how they were represented in the Register, pilots and passengers alike were intrepid, early adopters of flight, experiencing relatively primitive conditions of comfort, scheduling, aircraft reliability, federal regulation and accommodations. Aviation was different in the late 20's and into the 30's from what it is today. Most cockpits were open, navigation aids and charts were few, and fuel stops and commercial housing were just organizing to support the flying population.
Despite the conditions, by exploring their biographies we can determine that they were flying for pleasure, on business, participating in various aeronautical events, military maneuvers and training, ferrying aircraft and, probably many other reasons known only to themselves.
Please understand that many PItcairn Field pilots have no biographical information YET associated with them. The reason being that I just do not know who they were, or I just haven't had time or resources to research them. If you want to kickstart your journey through my site, please check "What's New on the Site" (link at top and bottom of each Web page) to see links to pilots and passengers I have recently uploaded. Follow those links for examples of the types of extended information I envision for all the people on this site.
You can access information about any of the pilots or passengers who signed the Register. ALL their names are listed in the dropdown menus above, because YOU, the site user, might know of them and I would like you to share what you know with me via CONTACT WEBMASTER , or via the FORM provided. With your permission, I'll add your information to the Web site with appropriate credit to you.
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