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Col Oakley George Kelly

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Col Oakley George Kelly

Birth
Greenwood Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 5 Jun 1966 (aged 74)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot X, 1351
Memorial ID 3411038 View Source
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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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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 3411038
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/3411038/oakley-george-kelly : accessed ), memorial page for Col Oakley George Kelly (3 Dec 1891–5 Jun 1966), Find a Grave Memorial ID 3411038, citing Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .