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EPHRAIM WATKINS "POP" CLEVELAND

E.W. Cleveland landed at Pitcairn Field twice. He signed the Register on August 11, 1928 flying the Ryan B-1 Brougham, NC1159. His second landing was on May 21, 1930. This time he flew the Travel Air he identified as NC9965. For this visit, "Cleveland Pneumatic Tool Co." was written in the name column of the Register, but not the pilot's name. Cleveland's name was deduced from the pilot certificate number recorded in the Register. He left no indication that he carried passengers.

E.W. Cleveland, Date Unknown (Source: Ende)

 

Cleveland made the rounds of our Airfields. He also flew the Travel Air to the Parks Airport on June 18, 1930, with his destination stated as Winnepeg, Canada. The dates of landing at Pitcairn and Parks are close enough together that it is not too far of a stretch to believe he was on a sales trip for his company (See below) and these landings were part of the same itinerary. He also landed three times at the Davis-Monthan Airfield.

E.W. Cleveland was born in Naples, NY on November 5, 1889 (some sources give 1890 as the year). He was a decade or so older than the cohort of pilots who passed through our airfields, therefore the nickname "Pop." He was a part of the stuff of general aviation during the Golden Age: air races; air tours; flying businessman; aviation event official; a real booster of the art. He is particularly well known for his activities during the National Air Races, the Ford Reliability Tours, and as a flying salesman for the Cleveland Pneumatic Tool Company, Cleveland, OH. At left, an early color photograph shows Cleveland next to a company airplane, in this case a Beech Staggerwing. He went to work for Cleveland Pneumatic in 1927. Cleveland's biography is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link.

Below, courtesy of the link via a site visitor, is a photograph of Cleveland with the Travel Air NC9965. The link misidentifies Cleveland as Howard Hughes. Both were tall and slender, but the person in the photo below is definitely Cleveland.

E.W. "Pop" Cleveland With Travel Air NC9965, Ca. 1931 (Source: Site Visitor)
E.W. "Pop" Cleveland With Travel Air NC9965, Ca. 1931 (Source: Site Visitor)

The writing on the side of the fuselage relates to the 1931 National Air Tour, the last of the great Tours. , The placard said, "1931 National Air Tour, Cleveland Aerol Co., Official Tour Plane." During the Tour Cleveland carried Arthur Schlosser, E.P. Crocker, Ralph Young, Ray Brown and Frank Hawks. Hawks, back from a European tour, joined the group at Wheeling, WV.

Cleveland carried Transport pilot certificate number T1815.

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