Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Lawrence E. Merrill
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Lawrence E. "Abe" Merrill was raised in Faribault, Minnesota and first soloed in 1929. He received a limited commercial license the following year and he worked flying freight, teaching flying and barnstorming until World War II. During the war, he ferried aircraft and instructed pilots, and after the war, he returned to Faribault where he founded the Merrill Aviation Company. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Barnstorming in the upper Midwest in the 1930s. Life as an aviator during the Depression. The Civilian Pilot Training program. Licensing and training issues. Teaching at various flight schools. Teaching at the War Training Service. Using Culver PQ14s for target practice. Several other wartime anecdotes. Aviation in Faribault in the late 1940s. Building the new Faribault airport. Organizing the Faribault Flying Club. Operating Merrill Aviation Company in Faribault. Anecdotes about other Faribault pilots including two female pilots.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
35 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Merrill, Lawrence E.
Interviewer: Holey, George
Dates Creation: 11/26/1979
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 101
Accession Number AV1992.88.17
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project'

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