John E. Hickey

       John E. Hickey of Ashland, Illinois passed away August 11, 1970, three weeks after suffering a ruptured appendix. He was born January 26, 1890 at Springfield, Illinois. He was 80 years old.
     His first solo was made October 18, 1910 in a Wright biplane owned by Art Smith, his instructor. He barnstormed at fairs and other exhibitions until 1915 when he joined the Army Aviation Section.
     After World War I, Hickey gravitated to Oregon, where he flew a mail plane from Portland to Alaska. Later he started the Triangle Airlines, flying out of St. Louis to cities in surrounding states.
     Hickey is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mabel E. Hickey of Ashland, Illinois.
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, January, 1971, Number 77
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