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Oral history interview with John M. Miller, 2002 May 10.

Author: John M Miller; Ronald E Marcello; Pioneers of Aviation Oral History Project.; University of North Texas. Oral History Collection.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Interview with John M. Miller, a pioneer aviator, concerning his reminiscences from his career in aviation, 1920-63. Influence of the early aircraft designer Glenn Curtiss; his meeting with the aviatrix Ruth Law; influence of the book "Aerobatics" by Horatio Barber; his meeting with barnstorming pilot "Swanee" Taylor; Taylor's gift of his aircraft to Miller; teaching himself to fly without formal instruction and his  Read more...
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Named Person: Ruth Law; Edward Lee Taylor; Charles A Lindbergh; Ernst Udet; John M Miller
Material Type: Biography, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: John M Miller; Ronald E Marcello; Pioneers of Aviation Oral History Project.; University of North Texas. Oral History Collection.
OCLC Number: 424524793
Notes: Interview conducted in 2002 for the Pioneers of Aviation Oral History Project. Interviewer: Dr. Ronald E. Marcello, Professor of History, University of North Texas.
Description: 116, [8] leaves : facsim. ; 29 cm.

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Interview with John M. Miller, a pioneer aviator, concerning his reminiscences from his career in aviation, 1920-63. Influence of the early aircraft designer Glenn Curtiss; his meeting with the aviatrix Ruth Law; influence of the book "Aerobatics" by Horatio Barber; his meeting with barnstorming pilot "Swanee" Taylor; Taylor's gift of his aircraft to Miller; teaching himself to fly without formal instruction and his solo flight on December 15, 1923; college at Pratt Institute of Technology and graduation with a degree in mechanical engineering, 1927; meetings of aviators at a speakeasy, New York City, 1923-27; origins of the organization "Quiet Birdsmen"; obtaining his aircraft mechanic's license, 1927; his eye-witness account of Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight , May 20, 1927; influence of Harold Stark's "1-2-3 System"; employment with Gates Flying Circus, 1927-29; his career as a barnstormer, 1929; his joining the Marine Corps Reserve, 1929; comments about German pilot Ernst Udet; his cross-country flight in a Pitcairn autogiro, May 14-28, 1931; making 3,000 flights as an airmail pilot; employment for twenty-five years as a pilot for Eastern Airlines; employment as a test pilot for Columbia Aircraft Corporation during World War II; test work on the Grumman J2F-6 amphibian; comments about various aircraft he flew for Eastern. Appendix consists of a memoir tilted, "UFO: United Flying Octogenarians," (seven leaves).

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