Edward Hubbard

Edward Hubbard

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 18 Dec 1928 (aged 39)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Plot Section 8, Lot 0061, Grave 2
Memorial ID 7120479 · View Source
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Aviator. One of the earliest pilots to fly in the Pacific Northwest, was one of pioneers in the industry. Born in an orphanage in San Francisco, he came to Seattle in 1907, and was the first graduate of the Aviation School of the Northwest in November, 1915. He became the test pilot for William E. Boeing, and later put in charge of Boeing's personal plane. During the Vancouver, British Columbia Exhibition of 1919, Boeing and his Pilot Hubbard picked up the first bag of Airmail to be flown from Vancouver to Seattle. The Boeing Commercial Air Service was formed with Hubbard as pilot. After signing a waiver, passengers could fly with him for 15 minutes for $15. On October 2, 1920, Hubbard was awarded the first Airmail contract between Seattle and Victoria, BC, using Boeing's personal plane until he bought a B-1 a few months later. After Flying the mail and working part time for Boeing, He convinced Boeing to build 25 aircraft for the San Francisco-Chicago airmail route. Boeing Air Transport, the forerunner to United Airlines was formed after this contract was awarded on January 18, 1927. He died in December 1928 from an infection, 25 years and a day after the Wright Brother's first flight.

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  • Originally Created by: Steve Willmorth
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