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PILOT STORIES: Short, Shirley J.

Air Mail Service Began: March 2, 1923
Air Mail Service Ended: August 31, 1927
Total Hours Flown: 2841.43
Total Miles Flown: 284,552
Assignments: Cleveland, Ohio
  December 16, 1923 – Maywood, Illinois

Shirley Short was considered one of the most capable and reliable pilots of the Air Mail Service. He was selected as the recipient of the 1926 Harmon Trophy for the United States, an award given by the Ligue Internationale des Aviators. The award sponsors chose short "in recognition of his splendid achievements during the year 1926." In that year, Short had flown 718 hours without any serious accident in all kinds of weather, through winter and summer on regularly scheduled trips, 47% of which were night flights.

On March 6, 1927, Short was invited to a ceremony honoring his award at the White House.

Shirley Short  
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(top left) With wife and baby
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