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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot , CG-146000-01,-20,-40,-80, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.

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Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

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Images of the Gatty memorial taken during November 2005 by your Webmaster.

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A video with Gatty speaking about navigation is available here. There is a brief sequence of Gatty about 1.5 minutes into this film.

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HAROLD GATTY

Harold Gatty's name is most frequently paired with that of Wiley Post. The pair circumnavigated the world in a famous Lockheed Vega named "Winnie Mae". The Post-Gatty record flight occurred on June 23 to July 1, 1931. They completed the flight in 8 days 15 hours 51 minutes, traveling 15,474 miles, averaging 147 miles an hour. Total actual flying time was 107 hours and 2 minutes. They took on 3,455 gallons of gasoline in 14 days. Try this link for a capsule description of their flight, along with some images. Note that it mentions very little about Gatty. Please follow this link to see an image of Gatty. Another, excellent black & white portrait of Gatty is at this Smithsonian link.

Harold Gatty visited the Davis-Monthan Airfield as a passenger with Post on February 17, 1931. They were flying a Lockheed Vega, but did not identify it by registration number in the Register. Therefore, without access to Post's pilot logs, it's not possible to determine if the airplane was the "Winnie Mae" (probability is pretty high that it was, since their visit to Tucson preceeded their world flight by just four months). They were traveling eastbound from Burbank, CA to Oklahoma City.

AND NOW TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD...

Gatty Memorial Road Sign

About 65 kilometers south of Launceston, Tasmania is located Campbelltown. On the main highway, just north of the town, on a sunny corner location, is an understated memorial to the achievements of Harold Gatty.

Harold Gatty was born in Campbelltown in 1903 and is considered one of the town's important citizens.

The image at left is the only signage calling attention to his memorial.

 

 

Facing the memorial entrance, below, you see an arched gateway with a pylon mounting a globe and a small metal model of a Lockheed Vega on top. Note the two plaques at the base of the pylon.

Gatty Memorial Gate

Below is the top plaque, added in 1981 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the flight of the" Winnie Mae".

50-Year Plaque

The lower, original plaque is shown below...

Original, 1960 Plaque

Below are two closer looks at the globe and Vega finial on the pylon...

Pylon View I

 

Pylon View II

Below, your webmaster at the Gatty Memorial, November 2005.

Your Webmaster

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