Frank was born as Francis Herbert Goldsborough in Washington, D.C. on July 20,1910 but went by the name Frank. His father was Brice Goldsborough (1891–1927), who died in a plane crash as Frances Wilson Grayson's navigator on an attempted crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland. Frank's stepmother was named Gertrude. By the time he was 18 the family was living in New York where he attended Flushing High School in Queens.
Transcontinental speed record
Frank held the junior transcontinental air speed record until his death. The record was then broken by Eddie August Schneider (1911–1940) on August 19, 1930 just a month after Frank's death. In 1930 Frank was living with his stepmother at 4114 75th Street in Queens, New York. In April and May 1930 he wrote a series of exclusive first-person accounts for The New York Times about his exploits in the National Air Tour and his breaking of the transcontinental air speed record.
His plane crashed in Vermont on July 15, 1930. His passenger Don Mockler walked away from the crash, dazed but alive, and went for help. Frank was trapped in the wreckage with a head injury for 18 hours before he was rescued, alive but not conscious. All his teeth had been knocked out and he was carried away by rescuers on a makeshift stretcher made from a parachute to the home of Harry C. Jenkins. Goldsborough died on July 16, 1930, at Putnam Memorial Hospital in Bennington without regaining consciousness.
He was buried on July 19, 1930 at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Charles Lindbergh sent flowers. His body was moved by his stepmother and reburied on 30 July 1930 to Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York. His stepmother, Gertrude Jacobi Goldsborough, and her mother Anna Marie Hoehn Jacobi are buried there as well.
- 1910 Birth
- 1930 Set transcontinental airspeed record
- 1930 US Census at 4114 75th Street in Queens, New York
- 1930 Died in crash in Vermont
Junior transcontinental air speed record holders
- 1930 Frank Herbert Goldsborough.
- 1930 Eddie August Schneider.
- 1930 Robert Nietzel Buck.
- "Goldsborough crashes on Vermont mountain. Party Seeks Young Flier Pinned Under Plane.". New York Times. July 15, 1930. "Bennington, Vermont; July 14, 1930. Frank Goldsborough, 19 year-old aviator of Jackson Heights, Long Island, who recently established the junior transcontinental record, crashed into a peak of the Green Mountains eight ..."
- Goldsborough, Frank (May 5, 1930). "Goldsborough Ends Flight With Record. New York Boy Lands at Los Angeles, Cutting 14 Hours Off Junior Coast-to-Coast Mark. Braved Bad Weather. Youth Spent 34 Hours and 3 Minutes in Air on Trip From Westfield, New Jersey Former Record Was 48 Hours. Los Angeles, California". New York Times.
- "2 Die as Planes Crash at Field. Eddie Schneider, Who Flew At 15, Is Killed When His Craft And Navy Trainer Collide. Passenger Also Victim. US Ship Is Landed Safely At Floyd Bennett Airport Despite Damaged Wings.". New York Times. December 24, 1940. "Eddie Schneider, who started flying when he was 15 years old and set a junior transcontinental record in 1930 at the age of 18[...]"
- "Boy flyer set to try at transcontinental record.". Decatur Daily Review. September 27, 1930.
- Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois; September 29, 1930; Boy aviator in quest of record.
- Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois; October 1, 1930;
- Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois; October 5, 1930; Boy flier plans return air trip.
- New York Times; April 29, 1930; page 18: "Boy flies from St. Louis to Westfield, New Jersey: by Frank Goldsborough. Frank Goldsborough Completes First Leg of Transcontinental Flight for Junior Record. Robertson, Missouri, April 28, 1930. Left Westfield at 7 o'clock this morning and arrived at St. Louis at 7 P.M. I made wonderful time with the aid ..."
- New York Times, April 30, 1930, page 05: "Goldsborough held at Tulsa by weather: by Frank Goldsborough"
- New York Times, May 1, 1930, page 36: "Goldsborough bucks wind"
- New York Times, May 4, 1930, page 03: "Goldsborough forced back by storm: by Frank Goldsborough"
- New York Times, May 5, 1930, page 33: "Goldsborough ends flight with record: by Frank Goldsborough. New York Boy Lands at Los Angeles, Cutting 14 Hours Off Junior Coast-to-Coast Mark. Braved Bad Weather. Youth Spent 34 Hours and 3 Minutes in Air on Trip From Westfield, New Jersey Former Record Was 48 Hours. Los Angeles, California; May 4, 1930. Rain held me up at Colton, California, until this morning. Then heavy fog and rain made it necessary for me to wait until after 12 o'clock before it was possible to take off for Los Angeles."
- New York Times, May 8, 1930, page 08: "Hop today planned by Goldsborough: by Frank Goldsborough"
- New York Times, May 9, 1930, page 15: "Goldsborough lands at El Paso for the night"
- New York Times, May 10, 1930, page 03: "Goldsborough races storm to Tulsa: by Frank Goldsborough"
- New York Times, May 12, 1930, page 03: "Flier, 19 ends trip minus compass: by Frank Goldsborough"
- Washington Post, July 16, 1930, page 01: "Frank Goldsborough Joins Father in Death. Crash Injuries Fatal to Son of Flier Who Died in Ocean Mystery. Goldsborough Dies of Crash Injuries. Son of Flier Who Lost Life in Atlantic Mystery Passes in Coma. Held Airplane Records. Bennington, Vermont, July 16, 1930 (Associated Press)"
- New York Times, July 16, 1930, page 03: "Find Goldsborough near death on peak"
- New York Times, July 17, 1930, page 01: "Goldsborough, boy flier, dies of injuries. Unconscious to End After Vermont Crash. Bennington, Vermont; July 16, 1930."
- New York Times, July 18, 1930, page 28: "Goldsborough felt warning of disaster. Tonawanda Man Discloses That Flier Left Dog Mascot With Him. Funeral Here Today. Tonawanda, New York; July 17, 1930 (Associated Press)"
- New York Times, July 19, 1930, page 06: . Lindbergh Sends Flowers to Funeral of 19-Year-Old Victim of Plane Crash. Funeral services for Frank Goldsborough, 19-year-old son of the late Brice Goldsborough, who disappeared at sea in the transatlantic amphibian Dawn in 1927, were held yesterday."
- Time, July 28, 1930
Richard James (aviator)
|Junior Transcontinental Airspeed Record
Eddie August Schneider