During his time at the university he paid more attention to the growing field of avaion than he did to his studies. In 1924 Charles Lindbergh enlisted in the United States Army so he could begin studying on how to be a fighter pilot. One year later he graduated from the Army flight training school that was held on both Brook’s field and Kelly’s field. He graduated as the number one pilot in his class. After that he bought his own airplane and for the next six years of his life he spent flying an airplane for Robertson Aircraft Corporation.
Once graduated, he spent the next few years performing daredevil stunts at county fairs and carnivals as a barnstormer (Charles Lindbergh biography, ONL). In 1924, on advice from his father, Lindbergh enlisted in the United States Army to be trained as an Army Service Reserve pilot. A year later, he graduated first in his class and was hired by the Robertson Aircraft Corporation of St. Louis as an airmail pilot. Gaining a reputation for being a cautious and capable pilot, he flew the mail between St. Louis and Chicago (Lindbergh Biography, ONL). During the course of his job, Lindbergh heard of the famed Orteig Prize.
In 1913, at the age of 15, Wiley Post saw his first real life airplane in flight at the county fair in Lawton, Oklahoma. Post immediately fell in love with the Curtiss “pusher” plane, and soon after he enrolled himself in the Sweeney Automobile & Aviation School in Kansas City. After graduation, Post returned to Oklahoma to work at the Chickasaw & Lawton Construction. Post quickly grew tired of his construction job and turned his attention back to what he really had a passion for; aviation. Eager to become a pilot, Post enrolled himself at the Students' Army Training Camp located at the University of Oklahoma where he was taught the fundamentals of radio technology/communication.
When he was 13 years old he attended a barnstorming exhibition at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. One of the pilots there let him ride in his plane and that’s what got him into flying and he was determined to learn how to become a pilot. Education Because his father was moving around cause of military dues he attended Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from there in 1929. He first went to college at Western Reserve University for one year then moved to go to the University of Chicago. But he still wanted to be a military pilot so he contacted the only black serving in the congress and he got him a spot at West Point in New York.
The Aviator and His Planes. At the age of 26 he dropped his successful career of a movie producer and focused on his second passion, aviation. Hughes bought his first plane in 1932 and with the help of some of his engineers he increased the performance in his plane. This won him first place in his class. The expenses for his love of building his flying machines funding became an issue.
Since the first successful flight of Wright brothers on December 17, 1903, a lot has changed, wright brothers’ flyer was capable of carrying only one passenger, but modern passenger plane could carry up to 500 passengers but it is based on the Wrights flyer. We cannot imagine how our lives would be without flying machines. Airplanes are necessary in this modern time; after all there are the fastest and safest way to travel and transport cargo, and backbone of modern day war. So in one way or another, Wilbur and Orville have changed our lives and made man’s oldest dream to fly possible, using their ingenuity and ability to solve problems, made the first self-Propelled heavier than air machine that was able to fly.
Lindbergh’s passion for mechanics didn’t come as a surprise to many. As a young boy, Charles seemed to be very interested in the family’s motorized vehicles, such as the Saxon Six automobile and Excelsior motorbike. But after starting college in the fall of 1920 as a mechanical engineer, his love for aviation started to bloom. Deciding that the field of aviation was more exciting, he dropped out within 2 years. He then decided to take lessons at the Nebraska Aircraft Corporation’s flying school and was up in the air for the first time on April 9, 1922 when he was in a two seat biplane as a passenger.
He spent a lot of time around aircrafts as a kid since his dad was a pilot he would try and be around them as much as he could. By the time he was in eighth grade he was dead set on becoming a pilot just like his dad. He had a lot going on at that time he had school, He was a kicker for the Long Beach Gators his high school football team and, he was learning about being a pilot. During his time of playing football he wasn’t the best kicker he was the second string kicker but, he had a friend that was a professional kicker help him improve his kicking. With the help from the professional kicker and his strong will he became the all star kicker for his school.
First the difficult path he faced to achieving his dream will be discussed. Secondly his amazing victories and contributions during the war will be discussed. Lastly the ordeal he faced by people who believe he lied about his fights and the controversies of whether he deserved the Victoria Cross will be discussed. Life before Flying: Billy Bishop’s path to greatness was not an easy one. He encountered many challenges throughout his young life that recognized him as a fiercer fighter pilot and a true hero.
Clayton Jerome, future wartime Director of Marine Corps Aviation. In 1934, Joe began his college education in Sioux Falls, but he had to drop out to help his mother run the family farm. However he scraped up $65 for private flying lessons. Five years later he entered the University of South Dakota again and supported himself by waiting on tables. In his senior year he also completed a civilian pilot training program before he graduated with a Business degree in 1940.