Stuart Chadwick landed twice at Tucson, flying Waco GXE
NC7375. On both
landings, on 9/9/1928 and on 9/21/1928, he carried one passenger,
William Harding. Mr. Harding was the owner of the Waco.
were competing in the 1928
NY to Los Angeles Air Race (“On to Los Angeles”).
They were part of the Class A race.
to Los Angeles”
began on September 5th in New York and ended about a week
later in LA. Chadwick and Harding’s first landing occurred
on their way to Los Angeles (inbound from Lordsburg, NM)
during the competition. The second was probably the return
trip east after the race.
Their intentions to fly the cross-country race were cited
in the Newark Evening News of 9/1/28 ("THREE NEW JERSEY PILOTS
IN CROSS-COUNTRY RACE"). The other two pilots were Oliver
C. "Boots" LeBoutillier and George C. Hand. Both of them
signed the Register as the racers passed through Tucson.
Chadwick was 32 years old at race time, and lived with his
parents on a farm in Fairfield, NJ. He graduated from Cornell
as a mechanical engineer after interrupting his college work
by inlisting in the aviation service during WWI.
After college, commercial flying attracted him. He performed
aerial advertising, aerial photography and cross-country
and local passenger flying. He was one of the first aviators
to do night aerial advertising.. From about 1920-28 he was
associated with his brother in a flying school venture, dividing
their time between the Freehold (NJ) airfield in the summer
and Florida towns in the winter.
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