|Birth: ||Jan. 2, 1893|
|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1926|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Lieutenant Cyrus Bettis, U.S. Army Air Corps, after whom Bettis Field (Pittsburgh-Mckeesport Airport) was named.
Army flyer injured in a crash in Pennsylvania, death resulted from spinal meningitis, which developed after the flyer was believed to be on the way to recovery.
Lt. Bettis gained outstanding prominence as a flyer by winning the Pulitzer air races in 1925, at which time he set a record of 248.99 miles an hour.
Entering the army during the war, Bettis served with the American air corps in France.
Leaving Philadelphia August 23d in company with two other planes for Selfridge Field, Mich., he became lost in a fog and crashed into Seven Sisters mountains. He was unconscious
for an hour and a half after the crash.
Unable to summon assistance or, later, to attract the attention of planes sent to look for him, Bettis, with one leg broken and both jaws fractured, hopped and crawled several miles through the broken country.
John Bettis (1863 - 1936)
Martha Crorey Bettis (1871 - 1955)
St. Clair County
Maintained by: Searcher
Originally Created by: Albuquerque Firefly
Record added: Oct 25, 2006
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