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Embry-Riddle History

Embry-Riddle History

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 OnDecember17, 1925,exactl22 earsaertherst ight otheWrightbrothers,T.HigbeeEmbr andJohn PaulRiddlesignedacontract toform acompany intheir names. Embry aspresidentandiddleasgeneral man-ager andchiepilot.Inearly 1926,thebecamea distributor oWACOaircra for theAdvanceAircra Companand operatedfrom theLunkenAirport inCincinnati, Ohio.eEmbry-iddleCompanastherstcommercialavia-tionconcerntomoveintoLunkenField andCincinnati’ssecondav iationcom-pany todate.elifebloodof theEmbry -R iddle Companwasits airmail contractand passengerservice.InNovember 1927, itsecureda contractiththeU.S.PostOceDepartmentithabidof $1.47perpound,becomingCincinnati’srstregularairmail carrier.Passengerights beganonDecember17, 1927, w ithone daily  roundtripfromCincinnati toChicago iaIndianapolis(534total ight miles).By July 1929,serv iceincreasedtothreedaily ights.Toboostpassengerloads,the company reduceditsairfareto$14.85 inJanuary 1930, resultingincarry ingarecord3,745 passengersoerthenextsevenmonths.
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e most important thing I’velearned during my 34 years of serviceto Embry-Riddle is that the rich-ness of the university’s history comesfrom the people within it. e storiesand life experiences of our alumniand those who have taught them formore than 80 years are what make ourlegacy come alive.In this inaugural issue of the
Wings of Legacy 
newsletter, we hopeto share that vibrant heritage withyou. By featuring special stories likeour interview with alumnus and for-mer Delta Captain Bill Pitts, and thecolorful 1927 account from our ar-chive collection of one budding pilot’sstruggle with the dreaded stall andspin, we want to bring great momentsin Embry-Riddle history to life.We also hope to reconnect withfriends we’ve lost touch with over theyears. Check out our “Legacy Links”on pages 14 and 15 to see what fellow classmates and instructors have beenup to. If you like, you can even sendus your information to include infuture issues (see page 15 for details).We would love to hear from you.You are welcome anytime to contactany of the Heritage Project sta listedthroughout the newsletter. We’veincluded an envelope for your com-ments and suggestions, and we urgeyou to send us your photographsand treasured memories for possiblepublication or inclusion in the ar-chives. Also, don’t forget to enter the“Mystery History” contest featuredon page 12. Your active participationhelps us preserve the Embry-Riddlelegacy.Finally, as you enjoy 
Wings of Legacy 
, we encourage you to perusethe archives online and discover foryourself even more of our fascinatinghistory at
Wehave provided some suggested topicsfor your online archive search on pagethree.We are very proud to call you analumnus and friend of Embry-Riddle.Whether you were an instructor,received ight or maintenance train-ing from us during the WWII era,or graduated from Daytona Beach,Prescott, or the Worldwide campus,you are our legacy. You are the rea-son we enjoy the reputation thatmakes Embry-Riddle AeronauticalUniversity all that it is today. I hopeyou enjoy reading this publication asmuch as we have enjoyed putting ittogether for you.
A M   D
Robert Rockett
, Dean
Heritage Project Director 
386-226-6026 or 800-727-ERAU (3728)
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ousands of Embry-Riddle pho-tographs and other visual memorabil-ia are available for free public viewingonline. Go to
 and type in keywords to search thearchive database. You will nd thou-sands of photos of everything relat-ing to Embry-Riddle from 1926 untiltoday, including:
Vintage aircra, including WACO,Curtiss Jenny, Velie Monocoupe,Flamingoes, seaplanes, Ford,Stearman, and Piper Cub
Original Embry-Riddle Companheadquarters at Lunken Field inCincinnati, Ohio
Airmail operations in the 1920s
Seaplane operations in Miami, Fla.
Flight training facilities from the1940s in South Florida, includingDorr Field and Carlstrom Field, andUnion City, Tenn.
British Flying Training School No. 5in Clewiston, Fla.
Maintenance, Engine Overhaul, andRepair and other facilities at theColiseum in Coral Gables, Fla.
Technical Aviation School in SaoPaulo, Brazil (Escola Tecnica deAviacao)
Residential campuses in DaytonaBeach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz.
People in our history: John PaulRiddle, T. Higbee Embry, Len Povey,John and Isabel McKay, Jack Hunt,James Blakeley If you haveany photosyou would liketo submit forinclusion inthe University Archives, pleasesend them to:
Kevin Montgomery 
Director of the Archives
is cartoon was featured in the July 8,1941, edition of Embry-Riddle’snewspaper, called the Fly Paper.
e insert at the bottom reads:
OUR NEW PRIMARY TRAINERDedicated to the new CPTP (Civilian PilotTraining Program) at Municipal Base and theBritish chappies atCarlstrom.

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