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ChrisBaird

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Anyone know what crash this is?   I couldn't find a newspaper article on it and wonder if the pilot's name is incorrect.

Only description was "Waco crash pilot Larry Brown in Pacific International Air Races".

From the cars in the background it looks like early-1930s.

Maybe Oakland or L.A.?   Changing the contrast a little it looks like some tall buildings in the background.

Looks similar to the Lowell Bayles GeeBee crash...

Chris B.
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DaveD

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Hi Chris,

That's probably the last flight of Ralph Johnson's Waco at Oakland on May 28, 1938. He was killed performing aerobatics just 10 minutes after the official opening of the Pacific International Air Races.


Dave DuPree
Prescott, AZ

ChrisBaird

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Thank you Dave.

I saw articles for his accident but this was labelled as "Larry Brown" pilot.

I think I tore it out of an old AAHS journal but am not sure.

The tall buildings made me think it was L.A.

The cars in the background match your date. '34+ Fords, etc??

Do you know the Waco type?

Chris
DaveD

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I've previously done some research on Lawrence W. Brown and I believe he passed away in the 1940's. I was also pretty certain the skyline in the photo is not Los Angeles as viewed from Mines Field / LA Muni. in the 1930's. So I searched "Pacific International Air Race" and found the 1938 references to the crash of Ralph Johnson's Waco in front of the grandstands at Oakland. Could be what we're looking at. Good question about the Waco model. I'll let you know if I can find anything on that.

Dave

ChrisBaird

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Much appreciated Dave.

I had a similar problem searching newspapers. Seems to match Johnson.

I don't know.

Never got any hits on Brown up to 1939.

Cheers!

Chris B.
http://www.arizonawrecks.com


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