Utah

Springville native Graduates from Army's Balloon School

A native of Springville, Utah, Orvil Anderson graduated from the Army Balloon School in 1918 and became an early pioneer of balloon and airship flight, serving as pilot and navigator of the first continental airship flight in 1926. He gained fame as pilot of the National Geographic-Army Air Corps Stratospheric Expeditions of 1934-1935, achieving a height of 72,395 feet - a record which stood for fifteen years.

Known as a strategic planner, he served in Washington and Europe, rising to become Deputy Commander of the Eighth Air Force and the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey. After World War II he became the first Commandant of the Air War College, retiring to become the Director of the United States Historical Foundation. His pioneering flights brought him the Harmon Award, the McKay Trophy, and the Hubbard Medal for Scientific Achievement.

 

 

Orvil Anderson

Orvil Anderson serving as pilot and navigator of the first continental airship flight in 1926.

 

Robert H. Hinckley

Robert H. Hinckley is appointed to the Civil Aeroanutics Board.

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Pacific Airways Leds in Innovation's in Flight

Robert H. Hinckley was born in Fillmore, Utah, on 8 June 1892. He first flew in 1913 with famous aviatrix Melli Beese, while in Berlin, Germany. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1916 and started Pacific Airways in Ogden in 1927. In 1939, Hinckley greatest dream for aviation: an educational base from which aviation could grow. This vision was manifested in the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP).

The CPTP provided ground and flight training for young men and women in order to build not only the basis for military pilots, but for pilots to enter private and commercial aviation as well. By the end of 1939, there were more than 9,000 students active in programs at 435 institutions of higher learning. By the end of June 1942 the CPTP had trained more than 98,000 pilots. The program was instrumental in training a number of women as well as men.