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CAP Flying Family (1945)

CAP Flying Family (1945)

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KITPINff
UP
Pappy
explains
the fundamentals
o{ aerob.tica
toC..olyn,
Jesrio and Helen.
ITIHE
residents
of
Lancaster-
Penn-
I
syluuniu.have long
"in""
giu"r,
up
the
idea
of
trying
to
keep
up
with
the
Jones
family.
That's
because
the
Joneses
are up
in
the
air
so
much
of
the time.
As
America's most
outstand-
ing llying
household, the
Joneses
have
accumulated
approximately
IS-thou-
sand
hours
of
flying
time,
and
every
day
bring.
many
newentries
for
their
guartet
of
log
books. There
would
have
been
five
log
books
for
these
daily
entries
but
Mrs.
Jones,
years
ago,
decided
that
some
one
in
the
Iamily
should keep the
accounts.
She
elected
herself
to
this
position
while
her husband
was
carrying his6rst
rev-enuepassengers
in
a
patched
up
Jenny,
and
every since, she
has
served
as
business
head
for
the other
members
of
her
flying
family.
There was
a
time
25
years
ago,
when
prospective
passengers
failed
toconsider
Jesse
P.Jones
a capableflyer.
His
former
reputation
as
a
motor-cycle
and auto
race
driver
led
themto
believe
that
he
inight
be
just
as
dar-
ing
at
the
controls
of
an
airplane.
Jesse
didnot
share
this
opinion,
He
had
soloed
his
Jenny
after
little
more
than
threehotrrs
of
instruction
and
had
completed
a
full
hour
of
solo
practice
before
announcing
that
he
rras ready
to
carly his
first
revenue
passenger.
The
passengers
were
not
forthr"oming.
Those
rvho
might be
in-terested
in
buying
a
ride-wanted
a
ride
with
an expert,
The
popular definition
of
an expertwas
a
"dressed-up so-and'so
from
out
of
tol'n."
Thedefinition
gave
Jesse
an
idea.
He
would
dress
up,
get
away
from
his
home torvn
and
become
an
expert,
The
experiment
was
a
suc-
cess,
A
hundred miles
from
home,
he
found
any
number
of
individuals
eager
to
take
their
first
rides
with
him,
the
firstof
these
being an
elderly
gentleman,
The
pilot
had
not
learned
about
cross
winds during
his brief
course
of
instruction,
and there
was
a definite
breeze
from90
degrees across
thetwo-way
field
in
which
he
had
elected
AIRPIIOT
AND
TECHNICIAN
Just a{ler
lhis
lhe.irpl.n6
wentcigare+, droppod
from
the
bridge,
as
the Cub
was
boing
laxied
be-
nealh
ihe
span,
suspectingly,
ae
fire
smoulders
in
the
wins.
4.ms^ica
a-
funtmotL {L/inq-
{anilq-
hnn-
15,000
hnana-
herthded
in-
ib-
IoqlooL.a-.
28
 
llIITH
TIT
JONDSNS
By
Ann
Delo
to
conduct
his
operations,
During
the
first
take-oll.
the
Jenny
drifted
rapidly
torvard
a
fence
rorr
andonly
a
miracle
averted
an.arly.rcsh.
Thisprompted
the
barnstormer
to
do
some
extra
flight
practice
in
order
to
com-
pensate
lor
lhecros,
rrind
he
r'.ould/
encounl.rrrhen
landing,Thrr",
r,itll
his
passenger
enjoyingevery
man.
euver,
Jesse
Jones
built
uphis
ex-
perience,
flying
aroundthe
{ielduntil
the
gas
gave
out and
he rras
cornpelled
to
set
down rvith
a
series
ol
bounces.
cnding
in
a ground
Joop.
The
passenger\r,as
so
elated
that
he
climbed
from
the
cockpit,
hauded
Jones
a
trvo
dollar
tip
and
said,..I
have
ridden
with
many pilots.
but
).ou
arethe best
of
them
all."
From
that
lesson,
the
pilot
learned
never
to
accept
public
acclaim
for
ability
andrealized
that
this
l'as
an-
other
case
where
ignorance
rvas
bliss,
During
the
ensuing years,
Jesse
hasw_atched
many
nerv
pilots
rr'ho
let
ap-
plause
go
to
their
heads
while
thev
went
to
their grarcs.He
"u.ly
,e.solved
not to
become
such
a
victinr.
Thouscnd
of
passengers
hare
sin.e
Jessie
Jones
l6ft
hsr
s+udies
at
Srate
College
fo
instructWTS
studenrs.
made
their
lirst
llighLs
rvith
Je-.se
Jones
at
Lhe
controls,
and manv
stu,
dentshave gained
their civilian
li-
censes
or
havegorrc
off
to
the
armed
services
after
graduating
fronr
his
training
classes,
Todav.as test
l)ilot
for
the
nanufacturers
of
Aero-Matic
propellers-
and
nith
more
than
10.
thousand
|ours
in
the
air.
he has
rr<r
time
to
carrr'
l)assengers
or
instruct
students.
His
claughters
no\rcarry
on
that
famih-
tradition.
Helen
Jones.
rtho
is
nou'
21.
has
been
llying
sirrce 1935,
andher
logbooks
shol-
a
total
of
approximatell'2500
hours.
She rvas
the
youngest
of
girl
pilotsrlhen
she
received
her
li,
cense,
and
soon
after,
was
engaged
in
closs-country
Ilyingand
instructing
civilian
and
militarr'
-"tudents.
As
a
baby.
shelleru
jn
her
mothers'
arms
rvhile
her
fathertransportedhis
small
femilv
fromfield
to
fieldrlurine
his
barn-tormingtours.
Hclen.
just
ai
her
sisters.
ri'asrequired
to
leam
to
fly
before
her father
rvould
trust her $'ith
tlre
famil,vautomobile.
Today,
she
conducts
a
flving
class
rvith
a
Cub
on
pontoons,
along
the
Susquehanna
Ilir
er
at
Harrisburg.
Next
in
line is
Jessie
E.
Jones,20,
rvith rvell
over2000 hours.
She
lefther
classes
at
Pelns,vlvania
State
Col-
lege
to
aid
in
the
training
of
Armyand
\av1'
pilots
rrhen
a
shortage
of
iD:Lruclors
llrreslorpd
llre
warlime
prograrn,
Her
former
students
call
her
'Junior"
rrherr
theyu,rite
of
their
exploits
along the
r,''orld's
far
flung
ainral-s.
She's
busier than ever
norv,
in:lrrrcling
al
Lanca-ler's
original
air-
port.
and
like
the
other
members
ofthe
Jones
familv,
is
activel,v
errgaged
il
the
advancement
of
the
Civil Air
Patrol,
Carolyn
Jones,
the
youngest
mem-
ber
of
the
flyingfamil,v.is
justlB
and
still
engaged
in
her
college
studies,
Her
log
books
aren't
so
Jilled
as those
of
her
sisters,
but
she
is
looking for-rrardto
l,uilding rrl'
more
air
time in
company
rvith
anairminded
husband.
no$'
that
Flving
Cupid has
got
insome
pin
point
bombing
rvith
his
little
borv
and arrow.
(.Contin.ued
on
page
33')
A
{loatins
bareeand
ofice.
moored
in tfie
Susquehanna
River
at
Hanisbure,
Pennsytvania.
J
AN
U
ARY. I945
29

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