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There is no biographical file for pilot Billings in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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Bill Billings, Ca. Early 1930s (Source: UT Dallas)
Bill Billings, Ca. Early 1930s (Source: UT Dallas)

Like many Register pilots, Bill Billings has no biographical file at the Smithsonian. The reason is probably that he had very little time to accumulate a track record of accomplishments. He died November 15, 1934 at age 27.

I have very little information about Billings. However, thanks to Branifflist.com Webmaster John North (cited, right sidebar), we know he worked for Braniff Airlines from 1932-1934, carrying seniority number 19. He left Braniff and hired on with Rapid Air Transport in 1934 and was working for them when he died.

Billings landed once at Tucson at 6:20PM, Wednesday, February 24, 1932. He carried nine passengers and cited in the Register, "passengers on good will trip Century Pacific Lines." He did not cite a departure time or date, nor any other details about the good will trip.

They flew an unidentified Stinson trimotor. Four of the passengers were identified as W. Woodson, H. Babcock, D.H. LeClair, and O'Malley. Another passenger's name was unreadable, and the other four were unidentified. Based at Phoenix, AZ, they were northbound from Nogales, AZ back to Phoenix.

His death was caused by an aircraft accident on November 15, 1934 while flying for Rapid Air Transport. The crash took place at Amazonia, MO as he was flying from Omaha, NB to Kansas City, MO. He was carrying two passengers, another crew member and mail. He flew a Stinson SM-6000-B, NC10809 (not a Register airplane). The airplane crashed and burned on a farm and there were no survivors.




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