Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Edwin H. Croft
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Edwin H. Croft was an early pilot at Mid-Continent Airlines, which later merged with Braniff [Airways]. He started flying in 1931, in his early twenties. He spent most of his life flying in Minnesota and founded the Gopher Aviation flight school and repair station. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Croft's early life on a truck farm in St. Paul. His first flying experiences. His work as an auto mechanic to fund his desire to fly. Early licensing requirements. Anecdotes about early crash landings. Barnstorming in Minnesota towns. Comparisons of the characteristics of various types of aircraft. Being shot at by a hunter in Centerville Minnesota. Looking for work as a pilot during the Depression. Working as a flight instructor during World War II. His work at Mid-Continent Airlines and the merger with Braniff [Airways]. Discussion of man/machine issues of being a commercial pilot. Thoughts on the future of aviation. Croft's starting Gopher Aviation.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
21 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 120 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Croft, Edwin H.
Interviewer: Holey, George
Interviewer: Holey, Anne M.
Dates Creation: 08/10/1965
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 101
Accession Number AV1992.88.3
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project'

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