By Ruth Ann Ingraham
Clarence “Cap” Cornish used to be an Indiana pilot whose existence spanned all yet 5 years of the Century of Flight. Born in Canada in 1898, Cornish grew up in castle Wayne, Indiana. He started flying on the age of 19, piloting a “Jenny” plane in the course of international struggle I, and persisted to fly for the following seventy-eight years. In 1995, on the age of ninety-seven, he used to be well-known via Guinness global files because the world’s oldest actively flying pilot.
The mid-1920s to the mid-1950s have been Cornish’s such a lot energetic years in aviation. in the course of that interval, sod runways gave solution to asphalt and urban; navigation advanced from the iron rail compass to radar; runways that after were defined at evening with cans of oil crowned off with flaming gas now shimmered with multicolored electrical lighting fixtures; rather than being filled subsequent to mailbags in open-air cockpits, passengers sat conveniently in streamlined, pressurized cabins. within the early section of that period, Cornish played aerobatics and received air races. He went directly to run a full-service flying company, served as leader pilot for the fortress Wayne News-Sentinel, controlled the city’s municipal airport, helped display screen and retain secure skies above the continental usa in the course of global battle II, and directed Indiana’s first Aeronautics Commission.
Dedicating his lifestyles to flight and its many ramifications, Cornish helped advisor the practical improvement of aviation because it grew from infancy to adulthood. via his many own stories, the tale of flight nationally is performed out.
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"Cap" Cornish, Indiana Pilot: Navigating the Century of Flight by Ruth Ann Ingraham