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Winthrop Otis Sargent landed once at Pitcairn Field on May 22, 1930, flying NS-15, a Ryan Brougham registered to the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce (DOC). Based at Washington, DC, he gave no indication of his destination or purpose of his visit at Willow Grove. Curiously, the word "Skippy" was written in the remarks column of the Register. Please refer to the C. Burton Cosgrove Collection at the link for a photo of NS-15 (scroll about 3/4 of the way down that page). NS-15 landed one other time at Pitcairn Field about two months later flown by Register pilot H.M. Agerter.
Born May 19, 1897 in Belfast, ME to Otis and Esther Sargent, he and his sister Ruth are later shown living with an aunt and uncle in Lawrence, MA in both the 1900 and 1910 US census.
He mostly went by W.O. or Win Sargent. He enlisted in the Army and was trained to fly by the Air Corps during WWI.
In the 1920 census he is living in Newton, MA and is employed as a retail merchant selling paint and oil. In the 1930 census he is living in Uniondale, NY on Long Island, with wife Edna and two daughters. His occupation given was Aeronautics Branch, Dept. of Commerce.
The 1940 census shows the family had lived in Kansas City in 1935 and were currently living in Dallas, where Win gave his occupation as airline pilot. His address in 1935 was Kansas City, MO.
At some point shortly after the 1940 census was taken he went to work for Douglas Aircraft as a test pilot, assigned to C-54 production at the Douglas plant at what was later to become O'Hare Airport in Chicago. In 1943, Sargent made the first flight of the first C-54 that was assembled in Chicago. Photo, below, is of him as an employee of Douglas.
After WW2 it seems that he rejoined the Civil Aeronautics Authority as an inspector, because in 1946 he participated as an observer on Pan American's first DC-4 flight across the Pacific.
He left the CAA around 1947-48 to become the head of the aviation department for Aramco in Saudia Arabia and that is the last information I could find on him. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW. Sargent passed away in Oceanside, CA on May 31, 1975. An interesting Aramco connection is that of the Russell T. Gerow Collection at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site. Gerow was the photographer who, in the mid-1930s was part of the team that produced the photographic maps of Saudi Arabia that demonstrated the geological evidence for oil exploration there.
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