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There is no biographical file for pilot Voss in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.

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ERNST VOSS

Ernst Voss, 1916, Aero Digest, November, 1931 (Source: Woodling)
Ernst Voss, 1916, Aero Digest, November, 1931 (Source: Woodling)

 

Ernst Voss was born in Mecklinburg-Schwerin, Germany, on December 12, 1895, one of 12 children. He served in the German air corps during WWI and saw duty over France. I have no record of his military accomplishments except that he earned a couple of unidentified medals.

Voss landed once at Tucson, Thursday, May 24, 1934 at 10:25AM. He flew the Stinson NC8421, and carried two passengers he identified as Marian Trace and F.W. Wakefield. They were based at San Francisco, CA and arrived at Tucson from Yuma, AZ. They cited their destination as "Central America." They gave no reason for their trip, but from other sources we discover they were headed for Honduras, where Voss had started Condor Airlines. The airplane was to be one of his transport craft.

Before his visit at Tucson on his way to Honduras, a news article from the Stevens Point (WI) Journal of September 18, 1930 cites Voss as the test pilot for a new aircraft propelled by paddle wheel propellers. The photograph from the article, below, shows the machine and its inventor, Ernest Schroder, a San Francisco machinist.

 

 

Stevens Point (WI) Journal, September 18, 1930 (Source: Woodling)

 

 

 

Voss is inset at left. It is unclear, but doubtful, that the craft ever became airborne. Whether it did or not is immaterial. The craft was one example of the many experiments to realize powered flight during the Golden Age by inventors with "ambition."

 

 

According to the Aero Digest of November, 1931 (see Voss' photograph from the article, above), Voss operated the Ernst Voss School of Aviation in San Bruno, CA. Interestingly, his passenger, Marian Trace, herself a pilot, was secretary at the school. The author of the article was Register pilot Cy Caldwell in his (in)famous Aero Digest column titled "Personairlites."

As with many of Caldwell's articles, the text rambles prosaically with very low density information about Voss and his activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voss Air Taxi Service, Honduras, Congressional Report, 1934 (Source: Woodling)
Voss Air Taxi Service, Honduras, Congressional Report, 1934 (Source: Woodling)

 

Further to his visit at Tucson and his itinerary to Central America, at right, from a 1934 Congressional report, is a description of airways infrastructure in Honduras at that time. Even the most established carriers provided service from various cities only once or twice a week.

Note the brief mention of Voss' air taxi service based on a single aircraft that was probably NC8421. Note also the misspelling of his first name. For interest and contrast, I have left the section describing automobile and truck statistics in the country near the same time.

The article, below, from The Logansport (IN) Press of May 30, 1930, reports the death of Ernst Voss.

The Logansport (IN) Press, May 30, 1930 (Source: Woodling)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His accident and death occurred just a year after we found him passing through Tucson. Unfortunately, his passengers in Honduras met the same fate. I have very little information about his life, or photographs of Voss. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW.

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