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Narrative:Flown by Maurice Graham, landed on 11 January, 1930 in a full stall, in a blizzard, at 12,000+ ft, in a mountain wilderness near Cedar City, Utah, at night (2:38 AM, per his log) on an air mail flight for Western Air Services. Survived "landing"... not a crash.. as the airplane and engine were both returned to service. Crash not discovered until 24 June, Pilot not found until July still carrying mailbag. Ashes returned to the mail route by air, one of the greatest heroes of WWI... still!!!
|Owner/operator:||Western Air Express|
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|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||Cedar City, UT -
United States of America
|Departure airport:||Las Vegas, NV/KLSV|
|Destination airport:||Salt Lake City, Ut/KSLC|
Col Al Matheson, historian. I have some 500 pages of documentation, original photos, original interviews, location monument and any other information I can find. Maurice is one of the truely great heros of his time, also a DFC and Legion of Honor winner, credited with saving the "lost Battalion" of American soldiers in WWI, considered to have been the single most competent weather pilot of his time. (435) 586-9762 for information or additional information
Source correction: DFC should read...."SILVER STAR" ... DFC may have also been awarded, but not confirmed .
Personal photo, from Site Monument 18 Sept 2010Revision history:
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