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

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EDWARD REID BAHNSON

E.R. Bahnson landed once at Pitcairn Field, on Thursday, August 3, 1939, flying NC21510, a Piper J-3 Cub. He carried one unidentified passenger. Based at Landsdowne, PA, they cited their destination as Paoli, PA. Bahnson noted in the remarks column of the Register, "Hazy weather." The purpose of their flight was not stated.

There is no biographical file for pilot Bahnson at the Smithsonian (left sidebar), but the following obituary provided by Bob Woodling (right sidebar) provides some biographical background.

Dr. E. Reid Bahnson, 84, of Salemtowne the Moravian Retirement Community, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at Forsyth Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 28, 1917, in Winston-Salem to Frederic Fries Bahnson and Blecker Reid Bahnson.

He attended Central School, South Junior High School, Reynolds High School, Davidson College and was graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1938, Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Bahnson attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and was graduated in 1942 receiving the Alumni Medal for the highest academic average. He was a member of AOA Medical Fraternity. Dr. Bahnson served his internship and medical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He was a medical officer in the U.S. Navy from July 1943 until May 1946, serving in the South Pacific. Dr. Bahnson began practice of internal medicine in Winston-Salem September 1948. In February 1976 he became the medical director of Winston-Salem Health Care Plan Inc., retiring in October 1983. He served as medical director of Piedmont Airlines from 1952 until 1987, was the former president of Forsyth County Medical Society and was president of the medical staff at City Memorial Hospital in 1964. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, president of the North Carolina Orchid Society, a member of the board of directors of the American Rhododendron Society (1990-91), of the Piedmont Chapter, president of the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation , a lifelong member of Home Moravian Church, a member of the Board of World Missions of the Moravian Church and served on the board of directors of the Moravian Home. He was a founding director of Trout Unlimited.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Louise Adler Bahnson of the Salemtowne Community; a daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Bahnson Halajian and husband Kenneth of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; a son, Edward Reid Bahnson Jr. and wife Diane of Girdwood, Alaska; two grandchildren Michael Reid Halajian and Samuel John Halajian; and a brother, Dr. Henry T. Bahnson of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Funeral services will be held ....

Bahnson was a physician (probably in medical school at the time of his Willow Grove visit), and served in the Navy during WWII. We also learn he was probably a fresh-water angler and probably fond of decorative plants. His passing in 2002 places him in the small group of Register signers who lived to see the 21st century. Among others are Bob Buck, John Miller, William T. Piper, Jr. and Bobbi Trout, all signers of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. And fellow Pitcairn Field Register signer Harold Boddorf.

Below, courtesy of the Forsyth County, NC Public Library (FCNC, see watermark), is a photograph of Bahnson (far right) with three others. The others are identified as Thomas Henry Davis (1918-1999), unidentified, and Nancy Davis. The date is cited as 1958. The black tie event was not identified. The obituary cites Bahnson as the medical director for Piedmont Airlines from 1952-1987.

Three People With E.Reid Bahnson (R), 1958 (Source: FCNC)

Tom Davis was President of Piedmont Airlines, so the tuxedos could be headed for a Piedmont event.

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