"I have no intention of retiring as long as I can keep a job and pass the physical."
Frank Hover, 1972
I have very little information about Frank Hover. However, thanks to Branifflist.com Webmaster John North (cited, right sidebar), we know he worked for Braniff Airlines from September 1, 1928 until he retired sometime after 1972, carrying seniority number 3. He was clearly among the very earliest pilots for Braniff.
Hover landed three times at Tucson. The first time was about six-months before he went to work for Braniff. That visit was on Tuesday, February 28, 1928. He flew the Stinson Detroiter NC1929. He carried two passengers identified as C.H. Everest and L.H. Pushand. Based at Oklahoma City, OK, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA.
His second and third landings were in the Lockeed Vega NC905Y. Please direct your browser to the airplane's link for additional information about this historic airplane. On Saturday, July 25, 1931, he arrived carrying five passengers, only one of whom was identified as F.C. Hall, who was the owner of the airplane. Based at Oklahoma City, OK, they were westbound from Midland, TX to Los Angeles, CA.
Hover's final landing, with 905Y, was somewhere between August 1 and 15, 1931 (he didn't record a date in the Register). He carried five unidentified passengers. Based again at Oklahoma City, OK, they were eastbound from Los Angeles to an unidentified destination.
In a 1972 letter to the BISE Newsletter, a Braniff International internal document, Hover wrote, "I have been living on the [Texas] gulf coast most of the time since middle thirties. I flew for some of the major oil companies until 13 years ago. I was considered too old for their flying, so I obtained a flight instructor's rating and have been doing instruction, both flight and ground, since then. Have been an FAA designated examiner for past ten years. I have no intention of retiring as long as I can keep a job and pass the physical." Born in 1901, Hover died April 21, 1992 at age 91.
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