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By Ruth Ann Ingraham

Clarence "Cap" Cornish was once an Indiana pilot whose existence spanned all yet 5 years of the Century of Flight. Born in Canada in 1898, Cornish grew up in citadel Wayne, Indiana. He started flying on the age of 19, piloting a "Jenny" airplane in the course of global warfare I, and persevered to fly for the subsequent seventy-eight years. In 1995, on the age of ninety-seven, he was once famous through Guinness international documents because the world’s oldest actively flying pilot.

The mid-1920s to the mid-1950s have been Cornish’s so much lively years in aviation. in the course of that interval, sod runways gave method to asphalt and urban; navigation developed from the iron rail compass to radar; runways that after have been defined at evening with cans of oil crowned off with flaming gas now shimmered with multicolored electrical lighting; rather than being filled subsequent to mailbags in open-air cockpits, passengers sat very easily in streamlined, pressurized cabins. within the early part of that period, Cornish played aerobatics and gained air races. He went directly to run a full-service flying enterprise, served as leader pilot for the citadel Wayne News-Sentinel, controlled the city’s municipal airport, helped display screen and keep secure skies above the continental usa in the course of international warfare II, and directed Indiana’s first Aeronautics Commission.

Dedicating his lifestyles to flight and its many ramifications, Cornish helped consultant the practical improvement of aviation because it grew from infancy to adulthood. via his many own reviews, the tale of flight nationally is performed out.

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20 Clarence communicates by wireless telegraphy from his home in 1915. (Author’s collection) There were some setbacks during those years. Cornish related this story about an incident that alarmed his parents: When we lived on Packard Avenue I recall I had a big flattop antenna out in the backyard that ran from the house out to the barn, and this big flattop antenna was just parallel over the wires that brought the power into the house. The folks had just bought a brand new solid oak dining room set, and it had an Irish linen cloth on the table.

Yours as ever Your Father3 Charles supported Ada’s decision to marry, but reluctantly, it would seem. On December 18, 1892, Frank Cornish and Ada Buck were married in Fort Wayne in the Buck family home. The newlyweds lived in St. Marys, where their first child, Irma Katherine, was born in 1894. Fortunately for the young family, Frank Cornish’s clientele grew, and he ran the following announcement in the January 23, 1896, edition of the St. Marys Argus: Change of Business I wish to announce to the public of St.

8 When the rubber bands connected to paper-covered rotors at each end of a bamboo stick were twisted and then released, the rotors spun in opposite directions and propelled the flying device into the air. The brothers never forgot this toy, which in one way led to their triumph with the Flyer twenty-five years later. When Cornish was asked what had first triggered his interest in flight, he related a similar experience. He was around eight years old, he said, when, shortly after the Wright brothers’ first powered flight, “a company started manufacturing airplane parts which could be assembled into a model airplane.

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