Part 1: Mechanic, wing-walker, pilot — the early years
Bernard Harold Pietenpol (1901 – 1984)
Rudolph William Schroeder (1885-1952)
Mary Heidenreich Solbrig, Mechanician (1869-1954)
His aircraft and power plants, Part 2
A Pratt & Whitney tradition — Since when?
Imagine the Spirit of St. Louis with a cage for a fuelage and a full grown African lion as the passenger. If that conjures up a scenario from a black and white silent film, you would not be far off.
It is unique to the United States that 14 of America's most famous aviation pioneers are buried beneath the dome of an ornate structure.