Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport
Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is seven miles northeast of Parkersburg, in Wood County, West Virginia. It is owned by the Wood County Airport Authority and is known as Wood County Airport or Gill Robb Wilson Field, it serves the Mid-Ohio Valley area which includes the Ohio cities of Marietta and Belpre and the West Virginia cities of Williamstown and Vienna. It has scheduled passenger service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program; the Federal Aviation Administration says the airport had 5,275 passenger boardings in calendar year 2008, 5,930 in 2009 and 5,477 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport; the first airline flights were American DC-3s in 1946. All American arrived in 1949 and Piedmont in 1955; the first jets were Allegheny about the end of 1976. The airport covers 1,103 acres at an elevation of 859 feet, it has two asphalt runways: 3/21 is 7,240 by 150 feet and 10/28 is 4,002 by 150 feet.
In the year ending September 30, 2011 the airport had 34,485 aircraft operations, average 94 per day: 62% general aviation, 23% military, 14% air taxi, <1% airline. 56 aircraft were based at the airport: 68% single-engine, 20% military, 5% multi-engine, 5% jet, 2% helicopter. Media related to Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport at Wikimedia Commons Official website Parkersburg/Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport at West Virginia DOT Airport Directory Aerial image as of April 1996 from USGS The National Map FAA Airport Diagram, effective March 28, 2019 FAA Terminal Procedures for PKB, effective March 28, 2019 Resources for this airport: AirNav airport information for KPKB ASN accident history for PKB FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker NOAA/NWS latest weather observations SkyVector aeronautical chart for KPKB FAA current PKB delay information
Anton Herman Gerard "Anthony" Fokker was a Dutch aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer. He is most famous for the fighter aircraft he produced in Germany during the First World War such as the Eindecker monoplanes, the Dr.1 triplane and the D. VII biplane. After the Treaty of Versailles forbade Germany to produce airplanes, Fokker moved his business to the Netherlands. There his company was responsible for a variety of successful aircraft including the Fokker trimotor, a successful passenger aircraft of the inter-war years, he died in New York in 1939. Authors suggest he was charismatic but unscrupulous in business and a controversial character. Anthony Fokker was born to Herman Fokker, a Dutch coffee plantation owner; some sources say. At that time, Blitar was a part of the'Kediri Residency', a colonial administrative division the capital of, in Kediri; when Fokker was four, the family returned to the Netherlands and settled in Haarlem in order to provide Fokker and his older sister, with a Dutch upbringing.
Fokker did not complete his high school education. However, he showed an early interest in mechanics, preferred making things, playing with model trains and steam engines, experimenting with model aeroplane designs, he devoted considerable effort to the development of a wheel that would not suffer from punctures a wheel with a perimeter formed by a series of metal plates. This idea had been experimented with elsewhere and was patented. Fokker's first interest in flight stemmed from Wilbur Wright's exhibition flights in France in the summer and fall of 1908. In 1910, aged 20, Fokker was sent by his father to Germany to receive training as an automobile mechanic at Bingen Technical school, but his interest was in flying, so he transferred to the Erste deutsche Automobil-Fachschule in Mainz; that same year Fokker built his first aircraft "de Spin", destroyed by his business partner who flew it into a tree. He gained his flying certificate in his second "Spin" aircraft, which shortly thereafter was destroyed by the same business partner, prompting Fokker to end their cooperation.
In his own country, he became a celebrity by flying around the tower of the Grote or St.-Bavokerk in Haarlem on 1 September 1911, with the third version of the "Spin". One day earlier, on Queen's Day, Fokker had taken the opportunity to make a couple of demonstration flights in Haarlem in the same aircraft. In 1912, Fokker moved to Johannisthal near Berlin where he founded his first own company, Fokker Aeroplanbau. In the following years he constructed a variety of airplanes, he relocated his factory to Schwerin where it was renamed Fokker Flugzeugwerke GmbH, shortened to Fokker Werke GmbH. At the outbreak of World War I the German government took control of the factory. Fokker remained as director and alleged designer of many aircraft for the Imperial German Army Air Service, including the Fokker Eindecker and the Fokker Dr. I, the triplane made famous in the hands of aces such as Manfred von Richthofen. In all, his company delivered about 700 military planes to the German air force as well as supplying the German navy and Austria-Hungary.
Fokker himself was a skilled pilot. On 13 June 1915, Fokker demonstrated the new Eindecker at Stenay in the German 5th Army Sector in front of the German Crown Prince and other VIPs. Fokker worked with an accomplished military pilot, Otto Parschau, to bring the Eindecker into military use and on this occasion both men demonstrated the aircraft. Max Immelmann to become a high-scoring Flying Ace with the Eindecker, commented in a letter written shortly after this event on 25 June 1915 that: "Fokker amazed us with his skill". Author A. R. Weyl says that, while Fokker was a bold pilot, his business character was more flawed, he failed to reinvest war profits back into his factory which consequentially struggled to fulfill war contracts as the factory floor was muddled with prototype development and production taking place at the same time. Fokker distrusted qualified engineers and resented frequent German insistence on carrying out stringent structural tests to ensure prototype aircraft were fit for combat.
He could be bad tempered and insensitive as when he verbally abused his dying designer Martin Kreuzer on the evening of 27 June 1916, after Kreuzer had crashed the prototype Fokker D. I; the rudder jammed. "Fokker hurried to the scene and shouted reproaches at the mortally injured man". Weyl says. While Weyl's biography paints an unpleasant picture of Fokker as a businessman, he was a popular and charismatic figure with service pilots and could charm senior officers; this charm enabled him to deal with the first major crisis of his German career when his newly delivered Fokker Dr. I triplanes began to experience sudden fatal accidents in late 1917 and the type was temporarily grounded as too dangerous to fly; the triplanes' top wings ripped off under aerobatic conditions and Lothar von Richthofen was lucky to survive one such crash. Fokker was able to prove to the German high command that the basic design was not at fault but the German military inquiry concluded that shoddy workmanship due to poor supervision and quality control at the Fokker factory were to blame.
Fokker received a stern warning about
Lafayette Flying Corps
The Lafayette Flying Corps is a name given to the American volunteer pilots who flew in the French Air Force during World War I. It includes the pilots; the estimations of number of pilots range from 180 to over 300. The accepted number of pilots who completed French flight training is 209. Of these, 180 served in combat. More than 50 Flying Corps personnel served in the Ambulance Corps of the American Field Service. AFS Surgeon-General Col. Edmund L. Gros, M. D. is credited with initiating the corps. Sixty-nine Corps members died during 42 of them in action against the enemy; the rest were results of disease, accidents and suicide. The planes weren't sturdy, sometimes guns jammed too, just when they were needed; the Corps is credited with 159 enemy kills. It amassed 31 Croix de guerre, its pilots were awarded seven Médailles militaires and four Légions d'honneur. Eleven of its members were deemed flying aces; the core squadron was credited with 41 victories. There is frequent confusion between the terms Lafayette Escadrille and Lafayette Flying Corps, exacerbated by the inaccuracies in the movie Flyboys.
Members The following pilots are not listed as part of the Flying Corps by the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation. Gill Robb Wilson List of World War I flying aces Vintage Aero Flying Museum
Clyde Edward Pangborn known as "Upside-Down Pangborn" was an American aviator and barnstormer who performed aerial stunts in the 1920s. In 1931 Pangborn and co-pilot Hugh Herndon Jr. flew their plane, Miss Veedol, on the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean. Clyde Edward Pangborn, son of Max and Opal Lamb Pangborn, was born in Bridgeport, near Lake Chelan, his exact birth year is uncertain. He used 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, on various documents, changing his age to appear older or younger as needed; the 1900 United States Census listed Clyde Pangborn and his brother Percy living with their mother Ola in Spokane, Washington. In 1910 Clyde and Percy were boarders with the Alfred Heimark family in St. Maries, Benawah County, Idaho. Census day was April 15. "1895" was used on his World War I draft registration in Idaho. When he was two years old, his parents divorced and he moved to Idaho with his mother, he graduated from high school in 1914 and enrolled in the University of Idaho, where he studied civil engineering for two and a half years.
Pangborn was a first cousin of American composer George Frederick McKay who grew up in Spokane and used the penname Arthur Pangborn for the lyrics for some of his compositions. Following college, Pangborn worked as an engineer for a mining company before joining the Air Service during World War I, he completed flight training, he was subsequently stationed as a flight instructor at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. While teaching cadets how to fly the Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" biplane, Pangborn learned to roll his plane onto its back and fly upside-down for extended periods, earning him the nickname "Upside-Down Pang". After World War I, Pangborn took up barnstorming, exhibition flying, aerial acrobatics, which he did for the next nine years, he performed as a part of the Gates Flying Circus. It made Pangborn famous for changing planes mid-air. Early in his career, he was injured when he fell out of a speeding car as he attempted to jump onto a flying plane, he received national fame after assisting in a mid-air rescue of stuntwoman Rosalie Gordon, who had become caught on Pangborn's landing gear while demonstrating a parachute jump, in Houston, Texas.
During his time in the Flying Circus Pangborn flew more than 12,500 miles and carried thousands of passengers. It was during this time that he met Hugh Herndon, who became his co-pilot in the trans-Pacific flight. Many who would be major figures in aviation took their first flights with Pangborn. One among many examples is Gregory Boyington, famous World War II ace, who took his first flight with Pangborn at the age of 8 during one of Pangborn's many barnstorming stops; the Flying Circus disbanded in 1929, but Pangborn continued flying with several other businesses he owned. The Great Depression, made them all go bankrupt, as a result, he turned his attention to breaking world records in flight. In 1931, Pangborn and Herndon sought to fly around the world and break the current record of 20 days and 4 hours, set by the airship Graf Zeppelin in 1929. Herndon, the son of Standard Oil heiress Alice Boardman, asked his mother for the $100,000 to finance the flight. However, while they were still planning their flight, the record was broken by Wiley Post and Harold Gatty, re-established at 8 days and 15 hours.
Pangborn and Herndon attempted the flight anyway, taking off from New York on July 28, 1931, in their red Bellanca J-300 Long Distance Special, the Miss Veedol, but poor weather conditions forced them to abandon their efforts while they were flying over Siberia. The pair took off just minutes after John Polando and Russell Boardman, who went on to fly to Istanbul three days later. With their eyes on a $25,000 prize and Herndon next decided to attempt the first nonstop trans-Pacific flight, they flew from Siberia to Japan in preparation. In the spirit of documentation, Herndon took several still pictures and 16 mm motion pictures, some of which were of Japan's naval installations; the photography and inadequate documentation to enter the country, resulted in the men being jailed. They were released with a $1,000 fine, but they were allowed only one chance to take off in Miss Veedol. Other complications hampered the flight. Pangborn and Herndon's "painstakingly prepared" maps and charts were stolen by the nationalist Black Dragon Society, who wanted a Japanese pilot flying Japanese equipment to be the first to complete the endeavor.
They had precise calculations for their flight, leaving no room for error. Pangborn and Herndon took off on October 4, 1931, from Sabishiro Beach, Aomori, Japan, their destination was Seattle, just under 5500 miles away, a distance exceeding Charles Lindbergh's flight from New York to Paris by 2,000 miles. Three hours after takeoff, a problem arose: the device intended to jettison the landing gear failed; the gear was ejected. Pangborn had to climb out onto the wing supports barefoot at 14,000 feet to remove them; the engine nearly quit as Herndon neglected his responsibility to pump fuel from the fuselage t
Robert J. Collier
Robert Joseph Collier was the son of Peter Fenelon Collier and a principal in the publishing company P. F. Collier & Son. Upon his father's death, he became head of the company and, for a time, was editor of Collier's Weekly, he was president of the Aero Club of America. Collier was born in New York City on June 17, 1876 to Katherine Louise Collier and Peter Fenelon Collier, he attended St. Francis College transferred to Georgetown University and graduated in 1894, winning the Merrick Medal from the Philodemic Society that same year, he received the degree of A. B. from Georgetown University. He spent two years at Harvard University and Oxford University. Collier assumed the role of editor and publisher of Collier's Weekly, where he was known to have converted the illustrations in the publication from black and white ink to color. Collier was an aviation enthusiast. A friend of Orville Wright and a director of the Wright Company, purchased a Wright Model B aircraft in 1911 and loaned it to the United States Army, which assigned it to Lieutenant Benjamin Foulois.
Foulois and civilian Wright Company pilot Phil Parmalee. They used this aircraft to fly along the Rio Grande border of Mexico and the United States in one of the first scouting duties by the U. S. Army using an airplane. Foulois and Parmalee crashed the airplane into the Rio Grande but escaped from drowning. Having that plane repaired, he took it to fly Jimmy Hare to film the construction of the Panama Canal by flying over the construction site in the same Wright Biplane, B type, he commissioned a hydro-aeroplane plane to be constructed in 1913 to attempt to cross the Atlantic. Collier had an active social life. An enthusiast of polo, he encountered many injuries. In 1899, he was playing polo with George Jay Gould I for the Lakewood Team when he fell and broke his collarbone. In 1906 he was playing against Harry Payne Whitney when he took a mallet strike to his eye and tore his eye socket. In 1901, in Wickatunk, New Jersey Collier constructed his country estate for himself and his wife, Sara Steward Van Alen.
He built his summer home on property bought from State Assemblyman John D. Honce. Called "Rest Hill", it was used for many years as the location of personal parties and celebrations including the township Decoration Day celebrations, it was donated and became the Collier High School, he used the estate as a landing strip to fly his plane. The estate had Croquet course, extensive horse stables and fox hunting hounds. Spanning many farms and properties, the area was used for an annual fox hunt of the "Monmouth County Hounds" which started in East Freehold and ended at the Collier Estate. Collier was known to fly his plane to Freehold, dismount his bi-plane mount a polo pony and lead the fox hunt, he was known to have commissioned flights overhead to observe the Fox hunt while participating in 1911. On July 26, 1902, Collier was married to Sara Steward Van Alen in Rhode Island. Sara was a daughter of James John Van Alen and Emily Van Alen as well as a granddaughter of William Backhouse Astor, Jr. and Caroline Webster Schermerhorn.
Before his marriage he dated the showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, amongst others. In 1914, he developed uremic poisoning from kidney failure at his summer home in Raquette Lake, New York, he died of a heart attack at his dinner table, on November 8, 1918 a few hours after arriving home from France. He was in France for work related to the Knights of his publishing empire, he was reporting on the war and had press credentials. However, shortly before his return to New York, General Pershing had cancelled his press credentials and ordered him home, his funeral was held in the Church of St. Jean Baptiste on Lexington Ave. Orville Wright, Condé Montrose Nast, Francis P Garvan, Finley Peter Dunne and Joseph Kennedy were some of his pallbearers, his estate was valued at just $2,194. He made no provision in his will for his wife; as detailed in the 4th episode of the 1st season of the Who Do You Think You Are?. This little known fact goes some small way in explaining his frittering away of his fortune, his wife's decision to leave their country estate to nuns who would take care of children.
He wrote a letter to the memory of his son which says in part: "This is your birthday little boy, your first little anniversary. So, your father's thoughts are with you. Have the dear angels lighted you this candle, are you happy in their gifts and laughing for love of their bright faces around you? You may not remember the day. We were selfish, I fear, little boy, for we wanted to keep you with us. Your mother is lonely for you dear. There are times. You were to be our little..." At this point the letter remained unfinished. In his will he made three friends — Peter Finley Dunne, Harry Payne Whitney, Francis Patrick Garvan — the residuary legatees of his estate and, his publishing company. Collier evidently believed. In fact, she would receive only a few thousand dollar from her husband's will. Dunne and Garvan renounced the bequest so that Mrs. Collier could benefit fully. In addition to selling the troubled publishing company, his wife donated their home in the Wickatunk section of Marlboro Township, New Jersey to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd who made
Clarion County, Pennsylvania
Clarion County is a county located in the U. S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,988, its county seat is Clarion. The county was formed on March 1839, from parts of Venango and Armstrong counties. Clarion County is defined as part of the Pittsburgh media market. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 610 square miles, of which 601 square miles is land and 9.0 square miles is water. Forest County Jefferson County Armstrong County Butler County Venango County Part of Cook Forest State Park is in Clarion County; the Clarion County Park is located in Paint Township. Clarion County Veterans Memorial Park is located near the Clarion County Courthouse in the center of the Borough of Clarion. I-80 US 322 PA 28 PA 36 PA 58 PA 66 PA 68 PA 157 PA 208 PA 338 PA 368 PA 478 PA 536 PA 861 As of the census of 2000, there were 41,765 people, 16,052 households, 10,738 families residing in the county; the population density was 69 people per square mile.
There were 19,426 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 98.16% White, 0.79% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.08% from other races, 0.52% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.0 % were of 10.3 % American, 9.8 % Irish, 6.7 % Italian and 6.2 % English ancestry. There were 16,052 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.10% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95. In the county, the population was spread out with 21.60% under the age of 18, 15.40% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years.
For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.40 males. Wayne Brosius. Miller, district judge Mark T. Aaron; the Pennsylvania Department of Education projects that they will continue to experience declining enrollment through 2019. A new school district composed of Clarion Area School District, Clarion-Limestone Area School District and North Clarion County School District would have a student population of 2500 with declining enrollment projected in all three former districts through 2019. A new district composed of Union School District, Keystone School District and adding Perry Township and Richland Township would have a student population under 2000 pupils. Consolidation would bring the elimination of administrator positions; this would assist the district residents with the rising school administrator and teachers' pension costs by controlling the need to raise taxes. Over the next 10 years, rural Pennsylvania school enrollment is projected to decrease 8 percent.
The most significant enrollment decline is projected to be in western Pennsylvania, where rural school districts may have a 16 percent decline. More than 40 percent of elementary schools and more than 60 percent of secondary schools in western Pennsylvania are projected to experience significant enrollment decreases; as the enrollment declines, per pupil administrative costs of the schools will continue to rise. Pennsylvania has one of the highest numbers of school districts in the nation. In Pennsylvania, 80% of the school districts serve student populations under 5,000, 40% serve less than 2,000. Less than 95 of Pennsylvania's 501 school districts have enrollment below 1250 students, in 2007; this results in not enough course diversity. In a survey of 88 superintendents of small districts, 42% of the 49 respondents stated that they thought consolidation would save money without closing any schools. Property taxes in Pennsylvania are high on a national scale. According to the Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania ranked 11th in the U.
S. in 2008 in terms of property taxes paid as a percentage of home value and 12th in the country in terms of property taxes as a percentage of income. Public school districts and private schools in the county are served by Riverview Intermediate Unit IU6 which provides special education and professional development services. Clarion County Career Center, located along State Route 66 in Marianne. Alexander Amish School - Venus Bear Run School - Knox Christs Dominion Academy - Summerville Clarion Center School - Clarion County Corner - Knox Deer View School - Mayport Immaculate Conception School - Clarion Little Bird Preschool - New Bethlehem Meadow View Amish School - Knox New Bethlehem Mennonite School - New Bethlehem Shady Nook Amish School - Sligo St Josephs School - Lucinda Zacheral Amish School -
Los Angeles County, California
Los Angeles County the County of Los Angeles, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area of the U. S. state of California, is the most populous county in the United States, with more than 10 million inhabitants as of 2017. As such, it is the largest non–state level government entity in the United States, its population is larger than that of 41 individual U. S. states. It is the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world, with a Nominal GDP of over $700 billion—larger than the GDPs of Belgium and Taiwan, it has 88 incorporated cities and many unincorporated areas and, at 4,083 square miles, it is larger than the combined areas of Delaware and Rhode Island. The county is home to more than one-quarter of California residents and is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U. S, its county seat, Los Angeles, is California's most populous city and the nation's second largest city with about 4 million people. Los Angeles County is one of the original counties of California, created at the time of statehood in 1850.
The county included parts of what are now Kern, San Bernardino, Inyo, Tulare and Orange counties. In 1851 and 1852, Los Angeles County stretched from the coast to the border of Nevada; as the population increased, sections were split off to organize San Bernardino County in 1853, Kern County in 1866, Orange County in 1889. Prior to the 1870s, Los Angeles County was divided into townships, many of which were amalgamations of one or more old ranchos, they were: Azusa El Monte Azusa and El Monte Townships were merged for the 1870 census. City of Los Angeles Los Angeles Township Los Nietos San Jose San Gabriel Santa Ana. For the 1870 census, Annaheim district was enumerated separately. San Juan. San Pedro. Tejon When Kern County was formed, the portion of the township remaining in Los Angeles County became Soledad Township According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 4,751 square miles, of which 4,058 square miles is land and 693 square miles is water. Los Angeles County borders 70 miles of coast on the Pacific Ocean and encompasses mountain ranges, forests, lakes and desert.
The Los Angeles River, Rio Hondo, the San Gabriel River and the Santa Clara River flow in Los Angeles County, while the primary mountain ranges are the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains. The western extent of the Mojave Desert begins in the Antelope Valley, in the northeastern part of the county. Most of the population of Los Angeles County is located in the south and southwest, with major population centers in the Los Angeles Basin, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley. Other population centers are found in the Santa Clarita Valley, Pomona Valley, Crescenta Valley and Antelope Valley; the county is divided west-to-east by the San Gabriel Mountains, which are part of the Transverse Ranges of southern California, are contained within the Angeles National Forest. Most of the county's highest peaks are in the San Gabriel Mountains, including Mount San Antonio 10,068 feet ) at the Los Angeles-San Bernardino county lines, Mount Baden-Powell 9,399 feet, Mount Burnham 8,997 feet and Mount Wilson 5,710 feet.
Several lower mountains are in the northern and southwestern parts of the county, including the San Emigdio Mountains, the southernmost part of Tehachapi Mountains and the Sierra Pelona Mountains. Los Angeles County includes San Clemente Island and Santa Catalina Island, which are part of the Channel Islands archipelago off the Pacific Coast. East: Eastside, San Gabriel Valley, portions of the Pomona Valley West: Westside, Beach Cities South: South Bay, South Los Angeles, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Gateway Cities, Los Angeles Harbor Region North: San Fernando Valley, Crescenta Valley, portions of the Conejo Valley, portions of the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley Central: Downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire, Northeast Los Angeles Angeles National Forest Los Padres National Forest Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Los Angeles County had a population of 9,818,605 in the 2010 United States Census; the racial makeup of Los Angeles County was 4,936,599 White, 1,346,865 Asian, 856,874 African American, 72,828 Native A