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PILOT STORIES: Miller, John M.

Air Mail Service Began: December 20, 1919
Air Mail Service Ended: February 10, 1920
Assignments: Belmont Park, New York
  Jan 4, 1919 – Bustleton
  April 20, 1919 - Belmont
  May 12, 1919 - Chicago, Illinois

John Miller made a forced landing on March 28, 1919 when a heavy New York snowstorm obscured his view of the city. He was flying a Curtiss R-4 aircraft against turbulent wind and snow. Because his compass was unreliable, Miller managed to pinpoint his location by spotting the 792-foot high Woolworth Tower. Belmont Park was still hidden in the clouds, so Miller headed instead for a field on Great Neck, Long Island.

New York Times Clipping of Millers 1919 flight  
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(top left) New York Times Clipping of Millers 1919 flight
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