AKA L. B. Maupin
I need a photo of him. If you can help, please contact me.

     If you search for "L. B. Maupin", using the Google search engine,
(7-15-04), you will find 2 important links.

Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County
     This website is the one which I found when I was searching for information on Thaddeus Kerns. It was in the Museum's online "Aviation Exhibit" where I learned of the contributions of L. B. Maupin. When I clicked on the "Aviation Exhibit" link at the left of the page, I found myself on a page entitled "Taking Off - Early Aviation History In The Yuba - Sutter Area." The revue offers information about a number of pioneers including John Montgomery and Frank "Millionaire" Johnson who can be found on my website. In addition, you will find stories and photographs referring to lesser-known aviators such as L. B. Maupin, until now a stranger to me. You will find a very nice picture of his plane, along with an accompanying description of his exploits. There are several other featured exhibits, each one worthy of attention. You can access the homepage by clicking on the title above.

     This page on the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum website offers a comprehensive description of the " Black Diamond," the plane which was designed and built by L. B. Maupin and Bernard P. Lanteri and flown successfully by Weldon B. Cooke who continued on to become one of the outstanding pilots of the era. You will find that there is quite a complete history of the Diamond, which currently is on loan to the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California. In addition, you will find many details of the activities of the many pioneers who were intimately involved in this fascinating story. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

Land Bruce Maupin - January 4, 1874-October 14, 1945
personal communication from William Albertson, 10-30-05
Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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