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Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Clair B. McMahon
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Clair B. McMahon was born in Steven, Minnesota, near Crookston, in 1895. He became a bronc rider in his early teens and a few years later became interested in aviation. He spent World War I in both the Canadian army breaking horses and in the Canadian Air Force. After the war he became a flight school instructor and then started a pipeline inspection company. He retired to Monroe, Louisiana. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: His early life in Minnesota and Canada. Some detail on bronc riding. Barnstorming out of Robbinsdale airport in the summer and teaching mechanics in the winter. Flying as a commercial pilot out of Wold-Chamberlain Field. Several barnstorming anecdotes. Starting the pipeline patrol business. Detail on patrolling pipelines. Several anecdotes about Billy Fawcett, Forest Langway, the Civil Aeronatics Administration and Federal Aviation Administration, Speed Holman, Standard Oil, Heine Walstrom, Deke DeLong, George Gardner.
2.5 hours sound cassette
34 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
90 minutes length
Interviewee: McMahon, Clair B.
Interviewer: Holey, George
Interviewer: Holey, Anne M.
Creation: 04/26/1979 - 04/27/1979 (Interview dates: 4/26/1979 and 4/27/1979.)
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 101 (Library Call Number)
AV1992.88.16 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project'