He was a barnstormer before becoming a stunt pilot, advertising several oil companies including the then Ohio Oil Company. He was known for having a set of landing gear mounted on the top wing of a biplane and landing it upside down. During WW II, he led the glider assault into Normandy on D-Day. Later, he founded and became head of the Marathon Oil Company’s Aviation Department. He was elected to the International Aerobatics Hall of Fame in 1988. He lived in the Findlay area for many years.
(b. 1908 d. 1981: aviator)