"Cap" Cornish, Indiana Pilot: Navigating the Century of by Ruth Ann Ingraham

By Ruth Ann Ingraham

Clarence "Cap" Cornish was once an Indiana pilot whose existence spanned all yet 5 years of the Century of Flight. Born in Canada in 1898, Cornish grew up in fortress Wayne, Indiana. He all started flying on the age of 19, piloting a "Jenny" airplane in the course of global battle I, and persisted to fly for the following seventy-eight years. In 1995, on the age of ninety-seven, he was once well-known via Guinness international documents because the world’s oldest actively flying pilot.

The mid-1920s to the mid-1950s have been Cornish’s so much energetic years in aviation. in the course of that interval, sod runways gave method to asphalt and urban; navigation advanced from the iron rail compass to radar; runways that after have been defined at evening with cans of oil crowned off with flaming gas now shimmered with multicolored electrical lighting fixtures; rather than being stuffed subsequent to mailbags in open-air cockpits, passengers sat with ease in streamlined, pressurized cabins. within the early section of that period, Cornish played aerobatics and gained air races. He went directly to run a full-service flying company, served as leader pilot for the fortress Wayne News-Sentinel, controlled the city’s municipal airport, helped visual display unit and hold secure skies above the continental usa in the course of international battle II, and directed Indiana’s first Aeronautics Commission.

Dedicating his lifestyles to flight and its many ramifications, Cornish helped consultant the practical improvement of aviation because it grew from infancy to adulthood. via his many own reviews, the tale of flight nationally is performed out.

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In addition to the officers—George Carter, president; Cornish, vice president; E. H. Erickson, treasurer; Morton B. Williams, secretary; and L. C. 23 The article said that there had been three wireless stations in Fort Wayne in April, and now, three months later, there were between twenty and twenty-five. The popularity of this experimental stage in the development of communications was rapidly expanding the medium. The idea of conversing with friends without the use of an electric wire (consider the cell phone of the twenty-first century) intrigued the FWRA members.

Now Perfection Bakeries, the company was founded in 1901 and was the first to offer wrapped and, later, sliced bread to customers in the area. ” The second year he received a 50 cent raise, a good income by his standards. To pay school expenses during his junior and senior years, he delivered a morning paper. , he rode his bicycle uptown to the Journal-Gazette newspaper office, where he picked up the papers and headed out on his route, pedaling “out in the northwest corner of town, into the countryside to the old Bass farm, then back into town.

S. , raised a large flag to the top of a ninety-foot flagstaff. ’” That rousing event marked the beginning of an outpouring of support, and the city’s residents answered the call. The local Army recruiting office was especially busy. 32 To avert a food shortage and a prohibitive rise in prices, Boy Scouts distributed pamphlets to each home, advising householders that “every man, woman and child who can wield a hoe and make the earth produce food owes it to himself and to all of us and the government besides to do what can be done to increase the crop of food.

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