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Rupe Leohner arrived at Pitcairn Field once, on Saturday, March 25, 1933. He identified his home base as "Penny Harris Airport." Outside of that, he didn't leave us any information in the Register.
Loehner became a TWA pilot in 1940 and retired with that airline in 1967. With TWA, he flew the New York to Paris route. He is mentioned a few times in the TWA Skyliner, a company employee magazine. On November 10, 1941 he is pictlured with a fellow pilot and two locals gazing skyward, below.
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The Skyliner for February 24, 1955 reported, left, navigational aid given to a lost U.S. Air Force hospital plane over Greece.
The Skyliner for May 3, 1956, right, documented the delivery of motion picture film to the U.S. of Grace Kelly and Prince Ranier's wedding in Monaco.
Another Skyliner article from 1962 had him in radio contact mid-Atlantic with a TWA weather plane three miles below him on the trans-Atlantic route.
Leohner graduated in June, 1930 from John Harris High School in Harrisburg, PA (reported in the Harrisburg Telegraph, June 13, 1930). I have little else about Leohner's life or career, military service or birth and death dates (he passed away during 1969, but I don't have the day and month or location). I found nothing about Penny Harris Airport. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW.
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