Son of One of Tennessee's First
Pilots Enlists in Army Air Force
Johnny Green
Johnny Green, Jr.
Johnny Green
John Green, Jr.
  SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. Nov. 18- (Spl)- John Green, Jr., 19, grandson of Mrs. Jennie B. Green of Scottsville, has joined the army air force of the United States; the same branch of the service that resulted in the death of his father, Johnny Green.
     His father, native of Gallatin, Tenn., was one of Tennessee's first pilots. The elder Green flew over Lookout Mountain in 1913, one of the first persons in the nation to make the then dangerous flight.
     It was during the Confederate convention in Chattanooga in May, 1913, that the elder Green made the flight that was to stamp him as Tennessee's most noted pilot of the time.
     He soared, according to official records of the flight, to a height of 6,900 feet and remained in the air 41 minutes.
     At the outbreak of the first World War, Green enlisted in the air service and was sent to Key West, where he served for a time as inspector. He was then sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Base, where he received the injury in a crash that several years later resulted in his death.
     About five years ago, a monument was erected over his grave in Scottsville, Ky., but business men of Chattanooga who remembered his days as a pioneer flier.
     The son, John, Jr., lived for a while with relatives in Nashville, Tenn., and then went ot St. Petersburg, Fla., where his father had lived.
     It was there that John, Jr., enlisted in the air force for service in the present emergency. He has been sent to a primaruy training school, his grandmother said, and soon will be flying for his country as his father did.

via email from Larry Herring, 1-5-04
     John Green Jr. ran a charter service out of Atlanta with a Piper twin. He married a classmate of mine, Mary Lucina Lewis. Mary is one of our missing classmates. I read some time ago that he died in Tampa, Florida.
     I remember John Jr. telling me of his birthday party aboard a Ford Tri-motor while flying over St Petersburg Florida. I remember seeing that aircraft at Albert Whitted Airport in St Pete when I was very young. John Jr. showed me a post card of his dad when he was flying "The Cardui Flier." "Cardui" was a tonic or something of that era like "Lydia Pinkham's". Evidently the company paid him to place their name on his aircraft and he was called"The Cardui Flyer"
     Albert Whitted is the airport in downtown St Petersburg, Florida and has been a political problem for some time with some people wanting to build high rise condos and make a park out of it (It's on the Tampa Bay waterfront) but that was voted down a month ago so it will remain an airport within walking distance of downtown St Pete..
     I had my first flight there in about 1940 in a J3 Cub and the cost for the trip of about a half hour or so was $1.50. I still remember the pilot's name was Rex McDonald.
     The first airline flights in the US was from AW airport to Tampa across the bay. I think the pilot was Tony Jannus and the aircraft was a "Benoist" (sp) and that took place in 1914 .
     I'm 71 years old and flew right seat with John Jr. on one of his charter trips. If I turn up any more on the Green boys I will let you know.
Happy New Year
Larry Herring

via email from Mark Chaffin, 4-11-04
Dear Ralph:
     Here are the pictures of my great uncle Johnny Green. He was the brother of my Grandmother on my father's side. My grandmother gave me the photos and newspaper clippings years ago. Some of the pictures are of Johnny and his first plane, and the others are of his two boat planes, "Sunshine" and "Betty." He flew the two boat planes in the world's first airline service, which flew between Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. He took over that service after Tony Jannus stopped flying it.
     My father, Johnny's nephew, flew B-17's and B-29's during WWII. He was a flight instructor after that for over forty years at an airport in Nashville, TNH. I flew C-141's in the Air Force, and then flew commercially. I am now a Captain on B-757/767 with over 19,000 hours. My son just finished Embry-Riddle University and is looking for his first flying job. He is now the fourth generation pilot in the family.
Mark Chaffin
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