Forced Landing Compels Lester F. Bishop to Wander Through Snow
October 25, 1923
Air Mail Pilot Lester F. Bishop, forced to land his plane twelve miles east of Lyman, Wyo., was found yesterday afternoon by Pilot Robert H. Ellis ten miles from the ship, almost exhausted from battling his way through snow three feet deep at the landing site and waist deep at the point where he was found. Ellis flew back to Rock Springs with the stranded pilot.
Flying conditions between Salt Lake and Rock Springs have been unusually severe since the advent of snow in Salt Lake. That day the air mail schedule was defaulted on both flights between these points. Yesterday Bishop set out for Salt Lake, but was caught in a blinding snowstorm, and returning to the Wyoming city, was forced to land. Ellis made the flight from Salt lake to Rock Springs without mishap.
"Winter weather has set in in earnest for fliers," according to an official. "During summer flight the pilots have given no thought to emergency rations, and for many months plying the air between mail stations, has been a pleasure. From now until May conditions will be more or less continually hazardous. Yet the pilots, skilled in the art of guiding their air craft, ever mindful that something may go wrong, and almost always having a favorable landing site in view, seldom default, but carry the mail day after day almost uninterruptedly over the black desert, across a part of the treacherous waters of the Great Salt lake, and through dangerous mountain passes.
Courtesy of David Balanky