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Ross Hoyt arrived at Pitcairn Field on April 4, 1928. Based at Washington, DC, he flew an unidentified Boeing PW-9. He was one of only 16 military pilots to sign the Pitcairn Field Register.
Besides a workmanlike command career in the Air Corps, Hoyt was a member of the "Question Mark" flight. The "Question Mark" crew flew in the Fokker C-2, 28-120, named the "Question Mark". Please follow the link to the airplane to learn about the significance of the "Question Mark" flight on New Year's Day, 1929.
Six-months after the flight of the "Question Mark," then Captain Hoyt was assigned an elapsed time flight from Mitchel Field, NY to Nome, Alaska during July, 1929. His airplane was a Curtiss Hawk with a Curtiss Conqueror engine. The airplane was named "Newalaska." The photograph at right was taken the day "Newalaska" was christened for the flight. Note the waxed moustache and the well-conditioned A-1 jacket. He completed the grueling 8,460-mile flight in 48 hours, flying day and night. His allotted six-hours of rest must have felt very brief.
Hoyt landed and signed the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register twice, once before his landing at Willow Grove (May 5, 1926), and once after (December 21, 1928). This last landing appeared to be part of a long cross-country flight from Washington, DC to San Diego, CA. Hoyt's full biography is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. Brigadier General Hoyt passed away April 7, 1983. His official Air Force biography is at the link.
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