Ray Hylan.
Hylan airport as seen from plane piloted by Ray Hylan
Collection of Ray Dance, 1-12-04

     If you search for "Ray Hylan" +aviation , using the Google search engine, (12-6-06), you will find about 37 links, most of them relevant and worth visiting. Among the most helpful are the following.

Epitaph: The Friends of Mt. Hope Newsletter
     There is a very brief reference to Ray Hylan on this page. It reads:
"A special tour of Mount Hope Cemetery will be given by Fran Coleman, Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery, on Sunday, September 24th at 1:00 pm. The tour is entitled "The Back Forty" and will be conducted rain or shine.
The focus of the tour is people who are well-known but are not on our regularly scheduled Sunday tours.
An example is Ray Hylan, who was a pioneer in the flying profession and owner of Hylan School of Aeronautics which was once located on Scottsville Road."

Boeing F4B-4
     This page, primarily devoted to the Boeing F4B-4, mentions that the plane in the Smithsonian collection was a gift in 1959 by its last owner Ray Hylan of Rochester, NY. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

The Triumph of Instrument Flight
The Triumph of
Instrument Flight

A Retrospective in a Century of U.S. Aviation
Franklyn E. Dailey, Jr.
Product Details
Cloth: 335 pages 6 x 9"
List Price: $18.95
Direct from Publisher: $15.00 plus $2.25 S&H:
Massachusetts residents add $.75
ISBN: 0966625137
  Author's notes: August 6, 2004-The Wright brothers made their first flight in 1903. Their contribution was enduring. Their airframe, controls and power plant became the model for powered flight. The author's first flying experience took place in 1929. The record-making flight events of 1929-1931 demonstrated that the airplane had gone well beyond the novelty stage to reliable performance. Its utility for the transport of passengers who needed ontime departures and arrivals had not yet been achieved. The early airlines transferred their passengers to the train at the approach of nightfall. Pilot and aircraft were not yet able to challenge the weather. The book then focuses attention on the years 1932-1935 when the necessary elements for intrument flying were recognized (the flight instrument technology had existed unrecognized since 1929), configured into aircraft and into ground installations, and were accepted by pilots qualified to put them to use.
Editor's Note: More details about the book, including the Table of Contents, and about the author can be had from the official website. You can access it by clicking on:
The Triumph of Instrument Flight

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