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PILOT STORIES: Allison, Ernest M.

Air Mail Service Began: August 23, 1920
Air Mail Service Ended: June 30, 1927
Assignment: August 23, 1920 – College Park, Maryland
  September 16, 1920 – Hazelhurst Field, New York
  December 6, 1920 – Cleveland, Ohio
  March 20, 1923 – Omaha, Nebraska
  January 1, 1924 – North Platte, Nebraska
  July 1, 1924 – Omaha, Nebraska

I always considered it a very safe airplane, because the carburetor would vibrate the airplane so badly that it would shake the ice off the wings.
Ernest M. Allison on the JN-4B "Jenny" airmail airplane

Ernest Allison was born on December 26, 1894, the son of William & Viola Allison, in Superior, Nebraska. Ernest M. Allison married Helen V. Kubat on September 3, 1923. He had graduated ground school at University of California, then transferred to flying school at Rockwell Field, California, where he got his wings and commission. Allison was assigned as a flight instructor at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas. From there he worked as a patrol pilot along the Mexican border. After being discharged from Mexican border patrol on October 27, 1919, he resigned his commission and became a flight instructor at a small flying school in Philadelphia. The work was interesting, but the pay was poor.

On August 23, 1920, he became a U.S. Air Mail Pilot. He was assigned to testing airplanes at the Hazelhurst Field at Long Island, New York, and also ferried airplanes to Cleveland as needed for airmail flights. On March 20, 1923, he was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska in the Western Division of the service.

Earnest M. Allison in the cockpit of his de Havilland airplane.  
  Forced landing report, July 11, 1921
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(top left) Allison

(bottom right) Forced landing report, July 11, 1921
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