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Page [[?]] Quote From: National Aeronautics Association .January 1976 ----------------------------------------------------- Book see Reader's Digest Sept 1975 [[?]] Major General Leigh Wade, Mackay Trophy recipient for his 1924 historic Army flight around the World, Aviation Hall of Fame led the delegation to the Kitty Hawk Monument grounds in Dec. 1975. A 13 cent stamp, to be placed on sale March 18, 1976 salutes commercial aviation in connection with the 50th anniversary year of the first CONTRACT airmail flights. The stamp features the the airplane which flew the first contract airmail flight on Feb. 15, 1926. The Ford PULLMAN, all metsl monoplane, plus the LAIRD SWALLOW - [[?]] WACO- a biplane operated by the Varney Airplanes.. April 6, 1926. Ford Pullman rte Dearborn, Michigan to Cleveland, Ohio and return as well as bet' Detroit and Chicago. The SWALLOW flew between Pasco, Washington and Elke, Nevada via Boise, Idaho. About 1915, two Chgo youths, Emil "Matty" Laird and his friend George E. "Buck" Weaver were interested in flying. Chas. Dickenson millionaire Seed Merchant in Chgo sponsored in his middle yrs. the founding of the Aero Club of Illinois to foster this interest. All the pioneers set records in aviations early yrs. Major Shroeder Altitude; Geo. "Buck" Weaver, a Civilian Advance Flying Instructor World War one in Signal Corps, soloed Wm. P. MacCracken, Chamber (SECT)of Commerce, Washington, D.C.; the late General Eddie Glenn who got the airplanes to top the MIGS in Asia, after all but 8 of the first group were decimated; Eric Nelson on the 1924 flight later President of S.A.S. airlines; Lester Maitland, record flight and ass't Sec. Chamber Commerce; soloed at special [[filed?]] field Rich Field, Waco, Texas. Inddan name of WACO was PROMOUNCED H.U.A.C.O. When "Buck" soloed the cadets to 2nd [[?]] Lt.s he yelled WAAKO! This yell was adopted by the AirForce, even used in War 11 which we never were going to let happen. After the War, our son, George C. Weaver, wartime flu baby was born 12/12/18. in Chgo Ill. Bill Stout - later- Ford [[?]], Chgo. had built his first airplane, no one could fly it, waited for "Buck" to get his discharge. After the trial flight in Chgo. the plane was junked. This paid for our son's birth. 1919, after brainstorming, formed the Weaver Aircraft Co., in Lorian,Ohio. In sending a CABLE to Lt. De Saulle - French are age 28- who was sent to Buck at camp to record and maybe amplify the few stunts, aerobatics then known. As Buck with the other two in the Co., Elwood, J. JUNKIN and Clayton J. Brukner, gathered around the desk, I was holding my as yet unweaned son, the cable initials were W.A.C.O. Buck let out his WAAAAKO [[?]], yell, pushed the desk over with his laced boots, the baby yelled, and forever the name of the planes WACO. The boys separated in 1923, Buck to earn as Test Pilot, Laird in Wichita, Han, and fly the over-nite oil millionaires... until quote Elwood J. Junkin, designer, formerly with Glenn Martin the Company could make some money. The first BIG WACOS were the WACO Eights, made in Medina, Ohio, 1922. Buck died Aug. 1924. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx The Weaver Aircraft Co. Buck only pilot taught-Jan. 21, 1916- C.J. Bunker in Medina ,to, fly. Air A. I. Root Son bought Waco Eight. Buck died Aug. 1924, La Grange, Ill. Business stopped at 11 as Air funeral took place.
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