|Norman "Swede" William Ralston|
November 28, 1916|
Forest Grove, Oregon
|Died||November 14, 2007
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, Oregon, Oregon
|Spouse(s)||Radah Ardath Ralston|
|Children||Dana Jean McCullough
Radah "Sissy" Ardath Bentson
Norman William Ralston Jr.
Mary Louise Ralston.
|Parents||William Grey Ralston and Ester Josephine Mortenson|
During World War II, Ralston, known as "Swede", trained hundreds of Army pilots at the Rankin Air Academy in Tulare, California. Rankin Aeronautical Academy was a civilian flight school for the United States Army Air Corps.
As a stunt pilot, he operated a fleet of aircraft for Ralston Airshows. Ralston became famous for flying an AT-6 Texan through Naval Air Station Tillamook, a World War II Blimp Hangar, in Tillamook, Oregon. Ralston constructed the first commercial hangar at Hillsboro, Oregon and helped found the Hillsboro Airport. He co-founded the airline company Aero Air, a successful full service Fixed Based Operator.
- Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award
- International Council of Air Shows Hall of Fame Award
- Federal Aviation Administration's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
- Aircraft and Artifacts Hall of Honor Members
- McNichol, Bethanye (July 27, 1995). "West Zoner: Our Town: Hillsboro Community Close Up". The Oregonian. p. 1.