AKA Eddie Stinson
Eddie Stinson - Left
This picture taken in 1916, San Antonio Texas
Foulois was a Captain at that time
Stinson was killed in crash in Chicago, Ill - 1932
Photo from collection of Lester Bishop
Courtesy of David Balanky
via email from Midge Simonds, 8-16-06
Left to right: W.G. Ellison (my father), Ola Bryce Ellison (my aunt), T.W.Ellison (my uncle), Eddie Stinson (pilot), Eva Ellison (my great aunt), Jeanie Ellison (my great grandmother), John Ellison (my grandfather)
My uncle T.W. Ellison (Pep) spoke of the thrill he had that day in June of 1919 and that he always thought of Mr. Stinson as a hero in his life. Just thought you might be interested in the attached old photo.
from Crash on Test Flight.
Three Others Injured When Plane Strikes Pole in Maneuvers
Knoxville, Tennessee: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1932,
Transcribed by Bob Davis - 5-30-04
Eddie Stinson, dean of aviators, was reported near death from an accident in a plane in which he and four other men were making a test flight crashed in Jackson Park. Clark Field of Kalamazoo, Mich., John Tompkins of East Chicago, Ind., and Frederick Gillies, of Chicago, other occupants of the plane, were less seriously injured.
By a strange trick of fate, Stinson, whose career was replete with perilous flying exploits during the pioneering stage of aviation, met his first serious accident in an era when the hazards of flying had been reduced to a minimum.
Beginning his career at the old Kinloch field, in St. Louis, where he was taught by his sister, Catherine, Stinson obtained a position as test pilot on "Jennie" planes - described by him as little more than crates.
His most breath-taking adventure occurred when he tried out one of the planes in New York, a few months later. At an altitude of several thousand feet, the plane dropped an aileron and part of the landing gear. Unable to land the plane in a straight-away, and his gasoline supply quickly becoming depleted, Stinson headed the ship towards a railroad right of way, nosed it down to the embankment, then made an angular landing that kept the damaged wing from dragging, and thus averted death. Stinson has the distinction of having spent more than 14,000 hours in the air - more than any other man in the history of aviation, according to the records of the "aeronautique internationale."
During the World war, he was in charge of student flying at Kelly field, where he trained thousands of pilots for overseas combat. At the conclusion of the war, he founded the Detroit-Stinson company, which later was acquired by the Cord corporation.
He built the trans-Atlantic planes of Ruth Elder and George Haldemann; the globe-circling ships of Billie Brock and Eddie Schlee, and numerous others. He was adverse to trans-Atlantic flights, however, and described them as "stunting."
"Land planes have not reached the state of perfection when such flights can be made safely, and, until that time comes, trans-Atlantic attempts should not be undertaken. Of course, it was such an exploit that gave us Lindberg," he said, "but they are stunts and, as such, they are a detriment to aviation."
Stinson, the brother of Catherine, Marjorie and Jack, also famous fliers, was born in Fort Wayne, Ala., in 1894. He entered aviation before he was 20 years of age and ahs been engaged in the business either as test pilot, instructor or designer since. He was retained as president of the Detroit-Stinson company by the Cord corporation.
Personal communication from Rick Hendricks
To read his whole fascinating story of the event, click on the title above.
Ed worked with EB Glenn Messer
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Edward A. Stinson
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Stinson Aircraft Company
Joh n A. Bluth
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (November 11, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
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EDDIE A. STINSON, JR.
ONE OF AMERICA'S
ERECTED BY THE
CITY OF ABERDEEN
BEGUN UNDER THE
JAMES M. ACKER, MAYOR
ROBERT A. PULLEN, MAYOR
ROBERT C. MAYNARD,
EDDIE A. STINSON, SR
Contributed by Jeffery Moody, 2-25-13
From The Early Birds of Aviation
Roster of Members
January 1, 1993
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