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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Wies, CW-560000-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.

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Wies, George A. January 4, 1930. "Altitude for the Airplane Sales Curve." Sales Managment. 21:29.

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GEORGE A. WIES, Jr.

George Wies landed once at Tucson, Friday, September 7, 1928 at 9:30AM. He carried as single passenger, Bessie Davis, in a Stinson identified as NC877. Based at Garden City, NY, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA.  The upbeat Weis noted in the Register on this fall day, "Fine field and service". Given that the National Air Races ran at Mines Field, Los Angeles from September 8-16 that year, the chances are good that Wies and Davis were headed there.

New York Herald Tribune, September 7, 1928 (Source: NASM)
New York Herald Tribune, September 7, 1928 (Source: NASM)

A brief work biography appeared in the New York Herald Tribune, Sunday, January 5, 1930. This news article, from his NASM biographical file cited in the left sidebar, is complemented by another document in his file that was the actual draft used by the Tribune to set the type. There were no other photographs in his folder.

According to the handbook of Amateur Radio Stations of the United States, the June 30, 1920 edition has Wies listed as the operator of station 2AEK. The June 30, 1923 issue has him listed as the operator of 2BKX, a 250 watt transmitter/receiver station located at 246 West End Ave., New York, NY. Today, his residence still exists as a tidy apartment building, below, about a block east of the Hudson River and the Henry Hudson Parkway.

246 West End Ave., New York City, January, 2011 (Source: Google Earth)
246 West End Ave., New York City, January, 2011 (Source: Google Earth)

While he was working the airways with his radios, he was also working them by selling airplanes. Below, from The New York Times of Sunday, November 25, 1923, is an article reviewing his sales performance for the previous nine months. On average, he sold an airplane a week. See the article he published regarding aircraft sales cited in the left sidebar.

The New York Times, November 25, 1923 (Source: NASM)
The New York Times, November 25, 1923 (Source: NASM)

In 1927, Wies invented a methodology for teaching people how to fly. It was described in the June 13, 1927 issue of Aviation, below.

Aviation, June 13, 1927 (Source: NASM)
Aviation, June 13, 1927 (Source: NASM)

As cited in the 1928 and 1929 editions of the Aircraft Yearbook, Wies was a member of the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc.

I have no other information about Wies or his passenger Davis. If you can help, please contact me through the link at the top of the right sidebar.

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