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Air Force Commendation Certificate for his 50th year of participation in aviation. On December 10, 1968, he was awarded special honors at the "Night of Exploration" dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. After gradually failing health Mix passed away on January 21, 1971, at age 86. He was survived by his wife, and burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, East Moriches, New York. He was 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 authorities on the care and inspection of aircraft equipment. Because of his 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. 5
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