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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Putnam, CP-528000-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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H.D. Putnam landed at Tucson Saturday, August 11, 1928 at 5:00PM. Based at Omaha, NB, he arrived from San Diego, CA. He was flying the Ryan B-1 Brougham NC6959. He remained overnight, departing the next morning at 5:30AM eastbound back to Omaha. According to his NASM records (cited, left sidebar), at this time Putnam was Chief Pilot for Interstate Transit Air Lines, Omaha, NB.

His NASM biographical folder (cited, left sidebar) is very slim, containing only one small clipping from "Who's Who in American Aeronautics" from 1928. He enlisted in the Army in 1917 and attended officers Training Camp, Ft. Sheridan, IL, graduating as 1st lieutenant of infantry on November 26, 1917.

He was assigned to the Military Police, Camp Lee, VA, trained as a calvary officer and transferred to Camp Hancock, Agusta, GA, in February, 1918. There he organized and commanded a Military Police machine gun training center and was promoted to captain in May, 1918. He was discharged June 2, 1919.

He soloed in May, 1922 and earned transport license 341, a very low number. Between 1922 and 1928 he is cited as having, "extensive commercial flying" experience. As of 1928 his occupation was identified as X-ray technician in St. Louis, MO.

Putnam was born October 12, 1891 and died during January, 1976 at age 84 in Glendale, CA. His Web presence is very limited, showing only one relevant hit that led only to a corroboration of his birth date. If you have photographs or information pertaining to pilot Putnam, please contact me at the link at the top of the right sidebar.


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