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AVIATION: History Mystery
I found these pictures in my friends Grandmothers things while going through her stuff after she passed in 1989. During my research of the photos I have learned alot about the early flight history of America. Some of the pictures I have identified as far as the places and airports and planes, they have proved to be easier than figuring out who the people are. I have a few ideas about some of the people but some still remain a mystery to me. I never much thought about the airports or how the aviation industry has helped create the major cities by determining their growth rate before I studied how the airports came about. I need help in determining who these people are in these next pictures.
Mrs. BERNIE ARNOLD
Bernie Arnold is my friends grandmother, these are her pictures. She knew Charles Lindbergh, Wiley Post, Will Rogers, Amon Carter and other famous people from her involvement with the aviation industry from 1918 until 1950.
Starting with the known family facts gives a good starting point for the story that unveiled the historical nature of the aviation history involved in these pictures.
My friends grandmother, Mrs. Bernie Arnold, was born in 1920 and grew up in Wichita Falls Texas.
Her first husband, Sam H Coffman, owned a garage in Bowie TX. He started the municiple airport there.
Sam H Coffman
Later he went on to design five airplanes at his own manufacturing plant in Oklahama City, "The Coffman Monoplane Factory". One of his first designs was the coupe monoplane which he tailored towards the ladies by providing a cover over the seats so their hair would not get so messed up. He had to sell the plant and supporting air field at the start of the depression in 1930. He sold it and all his rights to the Ranger Corporation.
FORT WORTHS MEACHAM AIR FIELD
Before he started his factory he worked at the Fort Worth Meacham air field as a pilot, a trainer and a mechanic.
This photo of the airport is a rare photo because it was not taken of the front of the airport as much of them were, but was taken from the air field. This picture was before the tower was built.
Bernie Coffman divorced and later remarried her second husband, Ross Arnold. He was the flight instructor that gave her the pilots license.
Ross Arnold was a well known stunt pilot in Fort Worth and was a barnstormer who performed in a flying circus.
Can you help to identify the people in these pictures or the location and year. I have a few ideas about some of them, but nothing has been confirmed other that the family members.
Unknown at this time
Please help to identify the names of the people, locations, events or other information about these pictures. Any information offered in descriptions of the pictures will be appreciated and I will update the picture descriptions as such.
Have any clues to these pictures or an idea of who these people are?
So far we are the only people who have looked at these pictures in 60 years or so and the pictures themselves start in 1918. I have a lot more pictures to upload for comment, but I wanted to see if there would be a response first. So, if you want to see more pictures, just ask.