Carl B. Squier

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Carl Brown Squier
Squier 01.jpg
Squier in 1934
Born(1893-04-17)April 17, 1893
DiedNovember 5, 1967(1967-11-05) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
OccupationAviation executive
Spouse(s)Lenna Squier (?–1938; her death)
June Knight (1949-1967) (his death)[1]

Carl Brown Squier (April 17, 1893 – November 5, 1967) was a World War I aviation pioneer and vice president of Lockheed Corporation. He sold Charles Lindbergh his Sirius airplane in 1931. He was the 13th licensed pilot in the United States.


Carl Brown Squier was born in Decatur, Michigan on April 17, 1893.[2][3]

On Monday, May 16, 1938 at 2:07 p.m. a new Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra was carrying Northwest Airlines and Lockheed Corporation employees and family members. The aircraft took off from Burbank Airport for Las Vegas, Nevada, where the aircraft was to be formally turned over to Northwest Airlines, and then it was to be flown to St. Paul, Minnesota to the airline's headquarters. The plane was flying in fog above the Mint Canyon when it crashed at 3,300 feet in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, 27 minutes after taking off from Burbank. All seven passengers on board, including a three-year-old boy and an infant girl, were killed instantly. Among the victims were Frederick Whittemore, 42, a pilot and vice-president of operations at Northwest Airlines, and Lenna Squier, 34, Squier's wife. Squier was in Chicago when his wife was killed.

Squier died of cancer in Los Angeles on November 5, 1967.[4][5] He was buried in the Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in Burbank, California.


Squier was inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame on October 2, 2004.[2]


  1. ^ "Woman's Experience of Show Business Documented in June Knight Papers". May 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Carl B. Squier". Air Zoo. Archived from the original on March 8, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  3. ^ California Death Index
  4. ^ "Ex-Lockheed Executive Carl B. Squier, 74, Dies. Was Credited With Saving Aircraft Firm From Fiscal Disaster During Depression". Los Angeles Times. November 6, 1967. Retrieved October 31, 2009. Carl B. Squier, retired vice president and director of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, who was credited with saving the company from financial disaster in the depression, died Sunday. He was 74.
  5. ^ "Carl B. Squier, 74, Early Flier, Dies. Lockheed Sales Executive Began as Barnstormer". The New York Times. November 7, 1967. Retrieved October 31, 2009. Carl B. Squier, one of the nation's earliest air daredevils, or barnstorming stunt pilots, who later became vice president in charge of sales for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, died of cancer Sunday in St. Joseph's Hospital at Burbank, Calif. He was 74 years old.

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