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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
You just never
know when your number is going to be called. People who engage in a dangerous activity they love often claim that if they
are going to die in an accident, it
be while engaging in that activity. It really sucks to die like Army-Air Force Lt. Henry B Harris who was an accomplished
instrument flight research pilot (and noted Ham radio operator). Rather than expiring in an airplane, he met his end as
a passenger in a car that was towing some other pilot in a glider.
In his honor, Harris Hill at the Elmira, New York glider
field is named after Lt. Harris. Click the thumbnail on the left to see a related 1934 article in the Sayre, Pennsylvania, "The
Evening Times" newspaper (newspapers.com
Strays - Lt. Henry B. Harris Killed in Crash
Lt. Henry B. Harris, 26, research pilot of the
M.I.T. meteorological group and well-known to amateur radio for his 56-mc. work on test flights last spring, was instantly
killed at the Elmira, N. Y., airport at 7:45 a.m. on June 15th. The rear wheel of a glider-towing automobile in which he
was a passenger collapsed, causing the car to overturn. The driver of the car suffered shoulder-blade and rib fractures,
but his condition was not dangerous.
The automobile, a large touring car with top down, had towed the glider to the end of the field and the sailplane had
taken off. As the brakes were applied, the car skidded on the wet grass. When the driver attempted to turn the automobile
the rear wheel collapsed. The car overturned, throwing the driver clear but pinning Harris underneath. He died of a broken
neck. Mrs. Frances Harris, mother of the young pilot, was a witness of the disaster.
It was an ironic freak of fate that Lt. Harris, who was one of the best instrument flyers in the country with many hours
of experience in "blind" flying and holder of several altitude and cross-country records, should have met his death as the
result of so simple an accident as the breaking of a wheel on an old automobile. The New England 56-mc. gang, in particular,
admired and respected him; their activities are saddened by his loss.
Posted July 6, 2016