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Christopher, George William

Papers, 1961, 1991, 0.2 cu. ft.

Pilot, lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force. Born in Texhoma, Oklahoma, and grew up in the Texas Panhandle and southern Kansas. In the 1930s he taught flying and barnstormed in Pampa and Amarillo, Texas. During World War II he instructed flying cadets at Love Field (Dallas, Texas) before joining the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) in Santa Monica, California, as an engineering test pilot, and went on active duty as a reserve officer with the Army Air Forces. From 1947 until his retirement he served as a regular officer in the U.S. Air Force. Medals and honors include the Distinguished Flying Cross during the Korean War, the Air Medal, and, in 1961, the Air Force Commendation Medal while serving with Allied Air Forces, Southern Europe, a NATO Command, in Naples, Italy. Currently lives in El Paso, Texas. Papers includes a copy of his autobiographical memoir Pioneer Pilot from the Texas Panhandle: Stories from a Flier's Life (1991), an outline of the airplanes highlighted in the book, and an article about receiving his Air Force Commendation Medal in Italy.

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