We For­got about Pit­cairn

Flight Journal - - EDITORIAL - Dick Avery

I was read­ing through the De­cem­ber 2017 is­sue and noted the Tail­view piece, “Harry At­wood: Aerial P. T. Bar­num.” As a do­cent at the Wings of Free­dom Avi­a­tion Mu­seum in Hor­sham, Penn­syl­va­nia, and a for­mer ca­reer Navy flier, I have a long as­so­ci­a­tion with and pas­sion for avi­a­tion his­tory. If you check the his­tory books, you will see that James G. Ray, chief pi­lot and vice pres­i­dent for op­er­a­tions of Pit­cairn Avi­a­tion, Inc., landed a PCA-2 au­t­o­gyro on the White House lawn to re­ceive the Col­lier Tro­phy from Pres­i­dent Herbert Hoover on April 22, 1931. Right you are, Dick. Good catch! And in 2015, Doug Hughes, a Florida mail car­rier, landed a gyro on the cap­i­tal lawn to make a state­ment. He flew al­most com­pletely across Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and the de­fense radar never saw him!—BD

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