Lester J. Maitland

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Birthday
8, 1899
Birthplace
Milwaukee, WI
Death Date
Mar 27, 1990 (91)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
8, 1899
Birthplace
Milwaukee, WI
Death Date
Mar 27, 1990 (91)

About

The first pilot to successfully complete a flight from the United States mainland to Hawaii.

Before Fame

He joined the Air Service division of the U.S. Army at age nineteen. After World War I, he created publicity for the Army Air Corps by participating in air races and pioneering flights.

Trivia

He piloted an Atlantic-Fokker C-2 plane nicknamed "The Bird of Paradise" on its inaugural voyage from California to Hawaii.

Family Life

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Associated With

Before his famous flight, he worked as an aid to the visionary Air Force General Billy Mitchell.