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PILOT STORIES: Sharpnack, Jack W.

Air Mail Service Began: September 8, 1920
Air Mail Service Ended: January 25, 1921
Pilot Rehired: February 12, 1923
Air Mail Service Ended: June 9, 1927
Total Hours Flown: 2256.41
Total Miles Flown: 217,212
Assignments: Reno, Nevada
  February 12 1923 – Reno, Nevada
  February 16, 1923 – Salt Lake City

On December 21, 1926, Sharpnack was flying a mail airplane out of Elko, Nevada, with the west-bound mail at 10:51 a.m. In his forced landing report, Sharpnack noted that the "weather was very stormy with high head winds. Necessary to follow rail road and dodge around to miss storms. Took me till 2:20 p.m. to reach a point opposite Hazen, Nevada, where I landed account of insufficient Gasoline left to reach Reno Field. Landed at this point at 2:20 p.m. and caught a ride by auto to Hazen, where I secured gasoline and a Ford Truck to take myself and gas back to ship. Refueled ship and left point of forced landing at 4:05 p.m., arriving Reno Field at 4:40 p.m. Mail was trained from Reno west to destination account of weather over mountains."

Sharpnack in deHavilland  
  Sharpnack's airplane crash
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(top left) Sharpnack in deHavilland

(bottom right) Sharpnack's airplane crash
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