Waco NC14086 landed at Tucson once on December 1, 1935 piloted
by M.W. Sawyer of Tucson,
He carried one passenger, "Breezy"
Cox. They arrived from Florence, AZ and Sawyer noted in the
Remarks column of the Register, "Rodeoing". The
airplane bore S/N 4220 and it was manufactured in 1934. NC14086
was owned by Marshall Sawyer.
The "Rodeoing" remark is significant, since L.B. "Breezy"
Cox was, indeed, a rodeo performer of some reputation, and
a champion all-around cowboy. For example, he was the saddle
bronc champion at the 1925 and the tie-down roping champion
of 1926 at the Calgary Stampede.
L.B. "Breezy" Cox, ca. late 1920s
At right, an image of Cox riding the bronco "Black Powder",
probably in a Texas rodeo.
got into horse racing in 1940 as trainer and owner. He and
a partner bought and sold a couple of horses and, in 1944,
had a winner over the mile in a horse named "Hard Twist".
They had parlayed an original $300 investment in their first
horse into a win of $11,770 at the Longacres Mile. All totaled
they won over $38,000 with "Hard Twist".
In his later
years (1977) Cox trained a buffalo, named "Lollipop" to
be a mascot for the West Texas State University athletic
teams. As well, he taught a team of campus "Herdsmen" to
handle "Lollipop" on their own during their games.
The dates and locations of the airplane images are unknown.
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