Clifford C. Nutt landed at Tucson on March 13, 1926. He
flew an Aeromarine NB-S1, 68-513. Based at Wright Field,
Dayton, OH he was westbound from El Paso, TX. He did not
list his destination in the Register.
Born July 25, 1896, Nutt enlisted as a private in the aviation
section of the Signal Corps in 1917. He was commissioned
upon completion of his flight training in 1918. He served
in 1920 as deputy commander of the Army-sponsored New York
to Nome, AK flight, for which he earned the Distinguished
Service Cross for his work as a pilot.
Image, below, from
site visitor Dan Cahill (via Dade, George C. and Frank Strnad.
1989. Picture History of Aviation on
Long Island, 1908-1938.
Dover Publications, New York) shows Nutt's arrival at Mitchel
Field, NY at the end of the Alaska flight. The caption reads
"E.C. Nutt", but it should be "C.C.".
C.C. Nutt (In Cockpit), 1920
Another image of Nutt in a group photo
taken around the time of the Alaska flight is available here on
In addition to his Alaska flight, based on his earned experience,
later (1923-24) as the First
World Flight global
liaison for the second leg of that flight, from the Russian
Komandorski Islands through Japan (cited in Lane, p. 170
in REFERENCES). This link gets
you a news article from the New York Times that describes
the Alaska flight.
His WWII service began at Patterson Field, Dayton, OH where
he served as executive officer and deputy commander. In 1944
he directed the Hawaiian Air Depot where he directed over
8,000 military and civilian technicians in supplying and
repairing equipment of the Army Air Force. As of 15 May 1946
he was commander of Hickham Field, Hawaii.
In 1947, then General Nutt was chief of staff of the 1st
Air Force at Ft. Slocum, NY, then, in 1948, vice commander
of that organization. He held that assignment until his retirement,
December 31, 1949.
An obituary from his NASM file (left sidebar) lists
his cause of death a cerebral hemorrhage on June 17, 1952
at age 55 after 31 years of service. He also visited Tucson once as a passenger with Captain Louis N. Eller.
UPLOADED: 10/13/07 REVISED: 10/30/07, 10/06/15