Wilmer Stultz

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Wilmer Lower Stultz
Wilmer Lower Stultz 1928.png
Stultz in 1928
Born 11 April 1900
Died July 1, 1929(1929-07-01) (aged 29)
Roosevelt Field
New York
Cause of death
Air crash
Resting place
Presbyterian Cemetery
Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Occupation Pilot
Spouse(s) Mildred Botts (m. 1919–29)

Wilmer Lower Stultz (April 11, 1900 – July 1, 1929) was an aviator who made the first non-stop flight between New York City and Havana, Cuba. He died in a crash in 1929.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania on April 11, 1900.

Stultz joined the United States Army Air Force on 22 August 1917 assigned to the 634th Aero Supply Squadron reaching the rank of Sergeant. He was discharged on 31 March 1919. Stultz then joined the United States Naval Air Service in December that year, training at Pensacola, Florida. He served at Hamton Roads Virginia testing the F-5L bomber.[1]

He married Mildred Botts of Middletown, Pennsylviania on August 4, 1919.[1]

On March 5, 1928, Stultz, Oliver Colin LeBoutillier and Mabel Boll on an improvised seat, made the first non-stop flight in the Columbia between New York City and Havana, Cuba.[2]

Stultz was the pilot of the Fokker Trimotor "Friendship" on June 18, 1928 when Amelia Earhart became the first woman passenger to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Stultz died on July 1, 1929 after he crashed while possibly performing aerial stunts; two passengers were also killed.[1] He was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Stultz Field in Tipton, Pennsylvania was named in his honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wilmer Lower Stultz". Retrieved 27 March 2012. Wilmer Lower "Bill" Stultz was born in Williamsburg, PA on April 11, 1900. He enlisted in the U.S. Army August 22, 1917, advanced to the rank of sergeant in the 634th Aero Supply Squadron, and was honorably discharged March 31, 1919. ... 
  2. ^ The Milwaukee Journal. 22 May 1928. 
  3. ^ "Wilmer Lower Stultz". Findagrave. Retrieved 27 March 2012.