Taylor, William L.
Mail Service Began:
||September 17, 1920
Mail Service Ended:
||September 23, 1920
||College Park, Maryland
Born on March 13, 1897 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, William Taylor joined the Air Mail Service on September
17, 1920. Prior to joining the postal service, Taylor served
for 22 months in the Army air service and flew airplanes for
the Curtiss Company after the war.
Taylor's evaluation period at College
Park, Maryland did not go well, and he was fired only a few days
after being appointed. In his recommendation for Taylor's
separation, Chief of Flying D.B. Colyer wrote: "Mr.
Taylor was employed as a pilot . . . and sent out to College
Park for try out. Yesterday afternoon in making into land
he evidently went sound to sleep and caught the right wing
of the ship on the overhang of the #3 hangar. This caused
the ship to turn sideways and land on the two left wings,
propeller and landing gear. No other parts of the ship damaged.
It is my opinion that Mr. Taylor showed that he does not possess
the necessary qualifications to fly in the Air Mail Service."