Pilot, United States Army Air Service. He grew up in Grove City, Pennsylvania. In May 1922, Lieutenant Oakley G. Kelly and Lieutenant John Arthur Macready were awarded the 1922 Mackay Trophy for the beating the world's air endurance record and staying aloft for 36 hours, 4 minutes, and 32 seconds. On May 2, 1923, Lieutenants Kelly and Macready flew their single-engined, high-wing Army Fokker T-2 over 2,625 miles (4,225 km) from Mitchel Field, New York to Rockwell Field, originally called the Signal Corps Aviation School, North Island, San Diego, California in an official time of 26 hours, 50 minutes and 38.6 seconds, setting the record for transcontinental flight by a heavier-than-air craft, winning the 1923 Mackay Trophy. In October 1924, Kelly piloted Ezra Meeker along portions of the Oregon Trail to generate support for marking and preserving the historic route using the same airplane in which Kelley had set the record: a single-engine, high-wing Army Fokker T-2. Between 1924 and 1929, Kelly was the squadron commander for the 321st Observation Squadron at Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington. He retired from military service as a Colonel on March 31, 1948.
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