Norman Ralston

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Norman "Swede" William Ralston
Born (1916-11-28)November 28, 1916
Forest Grove, Oregon
Died November 14, 2007(2007-11-14) (aged 90)
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, Oregon, Oregon
Occupation Aviator
Airshow Pilot
Business Man
Flight Instructor
Spouse(s) Radah Ardath Ralston
Children Dana Jean McCullough
Radah "Sissy" Ardath Bentson
Norman William Ralston Jr.
Mary Louise Ralston.
Parent(s) William Grey Ralston and Ester Josephine Mortenson

Norman William Ralston (November 28, 1916 – November 14, 2007) was an American pilot.[1]


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.[2]



  1. ^ Aircraft and Artifacts Hall of Honor Members
  2. ^ McNichol, Bethanye (July 27, 1995). "West Zoner: Our Town: Hillsboro Community Close Up". The Oregonian. p. 1. 

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