PILOT STORIES: Hiram Rowe
||May 25, 1920
|Air Mail Service Ended:
||February 9, 1921
||College Park, Maryland
||June 10, 1920 – Chicago, Illinois
||September 8, 1920 – Omaha, Nebraska
||September 22, 1920 – Chicago, Illinois
Hiram H. Rowe joined the Air Mail Service on
May 25, 1920, assigned to the College Park, Maryland airmail
field. On June 10, 1920, he was transferred to the field at
Chicago, where he remained for three months. On September
8, 1920, Rowe signed on at the Omaha, Nebraska field in the
Western Division. While he was there, he made a couple of speed records, including one in November
1920 when he broke the record between Omaha and Chicago, making
the flight of 440 miles in 3 hours and 12 minutes (a record
later broken by pilot William Hopson).
On February 11, 1921, Rowe, fellow pilot William Carroll and mechanic Robert Hill were killed when their JL-6 airplane caught fire in the air and exploded in a nose-dive landing at Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
All three men were killed before help could reach them.
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