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aviation service, one of them a beautifully framed 52d Fighter Group United States Air Force Commendation Certificate for his 50th year of participation in aviation, when fifty years ago enlistment was in what is now the United States Air Force. On December 10th, 1968 he was awarded special honors at the "NIGHT OF EXPLORATION" dinner at eh Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. After gradually failing health for some time Mix passed away on January 21st, 1971 at age 86. He was survived by his wife, and burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, East Moriches, New York. He was a cousin of Tom Mix, the famous movie star. Flying Pioneer, Early Bird Arthur H. Mix was truly one of the outstanding figures of early American aviation. While he reportedly logged only 150 hours of solo flying, he became one of aviation's best known and respected expert authority on the care and inspection of aircraft equipment. Because of his meticulous care and attention to detail it was said of him that Beachey would not fly until Mix said his plane was ready. During his long career he also made many worthy contributions to the development of various aircraft accessories and equipment. Widely known and highly respected, his name will long remain in aviation history. [[Stamped]] FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE [[Stamped]] 5
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