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Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Melvin W. Longlet
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Melvin W. Longlet came to the Twin Cities as a young man. He attended Dunwoody Institute in the mid-1930s and worked in refrigeration until World War II, when he went to work at Northwest Airlines as a mechanic. After the war he worked as a pilot and mechanic for Patterson Dental Supply and later for 3M as a pilot and mechanic. His entire working life had been spent at Holman Field. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Working as a sheet metal mechanic at Northwest. Learning to fly and getting various types of licenses. Comparison of airplane and automobile engines. Some details on Patterson Dental Supply. Propeller feathering. Starting 3M's business fleet of planes. Details of his work at 3M. National Business Aircraft Association. Minnesota Business Aircraft Association. Anecdote about winning a national prize for being an outstanding mechanic. Two anecdotes about SeaBees. Some talk about early navigation techniques. Health and flying.
2 hours sound cassette
34 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
90 minutes length
Interviewee: Longlet, Melvin W.
Interviewer: Holey, George
Made in: Holman Field
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 101 (Library Call Number)
AV1992.88.14 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project'