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Arden Downs near his hometown of Washington, Pennsylvania.

Thompson then entered into the coal business and for a time operated a mine in western Pennsylvania, after which he joined a construction company. In 1937 he had the urge to fly again and supervised the design and construction of a two-seater high wing monoplane bearing his name, with the idea of entering into the manufacture of it, but the plane was not a success and the project was abandoned. He did his last flying in this plane at Meadowlands, Pennsylvania, during the summer of 1937.

In 1945 Thompson suffered a serious automobile accident from which he never fully recovered, and on January 28, 1949, died in his sleep at his home in Washington, Pennsylvania, at age 61. He was married and left one son. His burial was in Washington Cemetery. On July 13, 1949, the local townspeople and a group of Early Birds dedicated a plaque in him memory at the local airport, at which time it became known as "Thompson Field" and remains so today.

A true and hard working pioneer of the early flying days, the name of DeLloyd Thompson rightfully belongs in the annals of aviation's historical records. He was an extremely active early pilot who had a tremendous amount of flying time to his credit, with very few accidents, even though he began flying on the very first early airplanes. He loved to fly and was always well liked among the early pilots.
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