Harry C. Bannister landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield
solo between July 11 and 18, 1932. He
was flying Travel Air NC24274. He was eastbound from
CA to New York.
Bannister was born September 29, 1889 in
Holland, MI, and died February 26, 1961
in New York. He was a screen, stage and television producer, director and performer. His
work is summarized here on
the Internet Broadway Database.
Bannister was married in 1926 to performer Ann Harding (born
August 7, 1901 in Fort Sam Houston, TX; died September 1, 1981
in Sherman Oaks, CA) whom he divorced in 1932. Her
work is summarized here.
They had one daughter, Jane (one source says Phoebe).
The photo, left, shows this handsome couple Bannister and
Harding in Los Angeles on May 5, 1931. The picture caption
states they have just completed a 4,000 mile air tour started
from New York (although they don't look any the worse for
The airplane cowl in the original news article
shows the classy damascene finish, which is difficult to
see in this screen shot.
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