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Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Walter Bullock
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Walter R. Bullock came to Minnesota as a child. He learned to fly about 1916 and has continued flying from that time forward. He was one of the first pilots for Northwest Airlines. He flew from Minneapolis to Chicago via Eau Claire and Madison, Wisconsin. He continued to work for Northwest and saw transitions to many types of aircraft. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early interest in airplanes and sitings; learning to fly; pleasure trips; restrictions on flying during World War I; brief service in war; establishing a field and doing flight instruction; barnstorming; stolen airplane anecdote; discussion of various types of early airplanes; Curtiss Pusher anecdote; popularity of rides. Differences between early airplanes and modern airplanes - take off and landing speed and distance. First flight between Duluth and Port Arthur; hard landing anecdote. Experiences with Northwest Airlines - route to Chicago, pilot rotation, number of trips per week, stops, night landings; passengers; carrying mail; type of airplanes - Ford Tri-motors, Lockheed 10-As and 14-Hs, DC-3s; steward; flight time; Hanford Airlines; winter flying. World War II era flying experiences; deicing equipment. "Smell of gas" anecdote; barnstorming stories; first pilot's license - FIA; Department of Commerce certificate.
2 hours sound cassette
Content Category: sound recordings
70 minutes length
Interviewee: Bullock, Walter
Interviewer: Holey, George
Interviewer: Holey, Anne M.
Made in: Duluth, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 101 (Library Call Number)
AV1992.88.28 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project'