Pioneer Aviators in Hawaii
A number of amazing airmen contributed to the rise of aviation in Hawaii. Lt. Ben Cassiday was the first person to parachute from a balloon on October 22, 1921. Civilian Charles Stoufer started a flying school in 1920 and delivered the first daily newspaper to Maui in October 1923. Sun Yet Young was the first Hawaii resident to earn a pilot's license. Hickam Field was later named for Lt. Col. Horace Hickam.
- Maj. Horace M. Hickam at Bolling Field air tournament with an SE-5 in background, May 1920. After his death, Hickam Field was named for him.
- Lt. Col. Horace M. Hickam in charge of flying for the International Air Races, 1920s. Hickam Field was later named for him.
- Lt. Col. Horace Hickam for whom Hickam Field (Hickam Air Force Base) was named.
- Lt. Col. Horace Hickam for whom Hickam Field was later named.
- The first military man to parachute from a balloon in Hawaii was Army Lt. Ben Cassiday (left). He is pictured with Capt. R. Hoyt. A member of 3rd Balloon Company, Lt. Cassiday parachuted from the balloon during military review on October 22, 1921. He retired as a Colonel in Hawaii.
- More than 100 people gathered at Spreckelsville, Maui, to witness the arrival of Charles Stoffer (white) and Edward Doney (hand on propeller) with 50 copies of the Sunday Honolulu Advertiser in October 1923. It was the first time Maui residents could read the newspaper on the same day of issue.
- Aviator Charles Stoffer is pictured after landing on Molokai. An Army flying instructor in World War I, he arrived in Hawaii in December 1920 and started the first civilian flying school, laying the foundation for civil flying in Hawaii.
- More than 100 people gathered at Spreckelsville, Maui to witness the arrival of Charles Stoffer (white) and Edward Doney (hand on prop) with 50 copies of Sunday Advertiser. This was the first time Maui residents could read the paper on same day of issue, October 1923.
- Sun Yet Young was the first Hawaii resident to earn a pilot's license. Here he stands in 1923 with Chinese flyers and the first airplane manufactured in China. The Honolulu born son of wealthy Chinese, Young soloed at the Curtiss Flying School in Buffalo, New York on October 2, 1916. He later worked for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.