Albert C. Carl visited Tucson twice in Pitcairn PA-4 NC3261.
Each time he carried A.K. Owen as passenger. Based in Reading,
PA, their first arrival on September 9, 1928 was from Lordsburg,
NM and they were on their way to Los
Angeles, CA. Their second
landing on September 21, 1928 arrived from Phoenix, AZ and
they were eastbound to El Paso, TX.
They arrived on September 9th amid the flurry of airplanes
and pilots competing in the 1928 National Air Races ("On
to Los Angeles"). Their Fleetwing competed in the NAR that year and placed 20th with Owen recorded as the pilot.
Pilot Carl was born in Shamokin, PA on February 7, 1904.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Service in January 1924
and was assigned to the 1st Observation Squadron at Mitchel
Field, LI, NY. He was assigned to the Air Service Technical
School at Rantoul, IL in February 1925 and graduated the
Crew Chief Course and Parachute Riggers Course in November
He returned to Mitchel Field in December 1925 and was honorably
discharged in June 1926. He learned to fly (while on furlough)
at Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA in April 1926. He purchased
a Waco for barnstorming immediately after discharge. He barnstormed
through Pennsylvania until October 1927.
He was employed by Reading Airways as Chief Instructor of
flying at Whander Field, Reading, PA in October 1927. He
married Peggy T. Davis of Shamokin on Novermber 17, 1928.
He flew for Reading Airways (for whom he was employed when
he visited Tucson, see above) until October 1929 when he
was then employed as copilot by Colonial Air Transport (later
merged with American Airlines) on the Newark, NJ to Boston,
MA run. For a time he was pilot on the Newark to Montreal,
The New York Times of March 10, 1930 headlined, "PLANE DOWN
ON GOLF LINKS". The article is as follows, right:
Shortly, due to a reduction in schedules, he was furloughed
in July 1930 (effects of the Great Depression?). He was then
employed by Martz Airlines from May 1931 until May 1933 on
the Newark - Wilkes Barre, PA - Buffalo, NY run. He went
with American Airlines in May 1933 when American absorbed
He was copilot for American Airlines on the Newark-Buffalo-Detroit-Chicago
run until April 1934, when the air mail contract was cancelled
and he was again furloughed. He became, in April 1934, Captain
for Pennsylvania Central Airlines.
His pilot certificate number was 1968 and he held
the S.A.T.R. rating for transport pilots promulgated by our
G. Budwig in 1933. According to his NASM records (reference,
left sidebar), Carl had accumulated 10,600 flight hours as
of March 20, 1941.
This is all the information I have about our pilot Albert
C. Carl. As of the date below, he flies again on the Web. If you have additional information, especially photographs, please let me KNOW.
THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 03/17/06 REVISED: 06/30/09, 05/27/10