Col John Arthur Macready

Col John Arthur Macready

San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Death 15 Sep 1979 (aged 91)
Mariposa, Mariposa County, California, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Presumed Mariposa County, CA burial.
Memorial ID 142968353 · View Source
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Beloved 2nd son of Benjamin and Mattie D Macready.

Loving bother of:
George A Macready,
Harry A Macready.

Beloved husband of Nelliejay Macready.

Loving father of:
Jo-Ann Macready,
Sally Jean Macready Wallace, of Chino, California.


In 1917 John Arthur Macready enlisted in the Army Air Service and earned his wings at Rockwell Field, California.

In 1918, Lt Macready was assigned to the new McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, the Army Signal Corps experimental test field. From there on Aug 3, 1921 he was the first to fly an experimental aerial pesticide application system, thus becoming the first 'crop duster'.

On Sep 28, 1921 Lt Macready set the Altitude Record of 34,509 feet in a turbo-supercharged single engine, experimental La Pere bi-plane, redesigned and modified at McCook Field.

On Oct 5, 1922, Lts Macready and Kelly also set the World Endurance Record of 35 hours, 18 minutes and 30 seconds at Rockwell Field, CA.

Colonel, then Lieutenant John Arthur Macready and Lieutenant Oakley George Kelly, attempted twice to be the first to fly coast to coast, west to east, by airplane were thwarted in their attempts, once by weather and once by mechanical problems.

Their 3rd attempt occurred May 2-3, 1923 when they piloted their Fokker T-2 Liberty high wing, single engine, monoplane from Mitchell Field, 2.3 miles ESE of Mineola, Long Island, NY to Rockwell Field, North Island, San Diego, CA, covering the distance of 2,625 miles in 26 hours, 50 minutes and some 48 seconds, successfully completing the 1st Transcontinental Flight by Airplane across the United States.

During this record setting flight, Lt Macready was the 1st to repair an airplane in flight when he replaced a defective voltage regulator switch.

Lt Macready was also the first person to make an emergency parachute jump at night, and the first to fly a pressureized aircraft.

Lt Macready received 3 consecutive Mackay Tropies for his Altitude, Endurance and Transcontinental flights. He served in the Army Air Corps twice, 1917-1926 and 1942-1948, and during his career received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Legion of Merit medals.

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  • Added: 23 Feb 2015
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