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Richard Depew landed once at Willow Grove. We know little about his flight. He entered only his name, the date, May 17, 1932, and his home base, Forest Hills, NY. He told us nothing of his airplane or passengers or where he was going. A good bet at that time is that his airplane was a Fairchild.
Depew landed once and signed the Register at the Davis-Monthan Airfield. He flew the Fairchild NC8003. Through the late 1920s and into the 1930s Depew held management positions at several high profile aircraft manufacturers, including Fairchild. He attended Cornell University studying mechanical engineering, but it is unclear from his record whether he ever earned a degree.
Depew is probably one of the earliest pilots to sign the Pitcairn Register. Attending flight training in France, he made his first solo flight on August 13, 1911. He received his license on August 22nd and received French Federation Aeronautique Internationale Certificate #641 on October 6th at age 19. Upon return to the U.S. he entered the military and he was a flight instructor and test pilot at Plattsburg, NY, as well as test pilot at McCook Field, Dayton, OH.
He was born May 20, 1892 at Plainfield, NJ. He died unexpectedly of cerebral hemorrhage on January 28, 1948 at age 55 at his home in Garden City, Long Island, NY. Richard Depew's biography is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. He carried Transport pilot license T188 earned in 1928. Please direct your browser to his biography page for a relatively complete summary of his aviation experiences. He states, ""Since learning to fly 23 years ago, I have flown 128 types of airplanes, 3 types of autogiros, and a glider...."
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