Quonset Point, R. I. – July 27, 1949

Quonset Point, Rhode Island – July 27, 1949


F8F Bearcat
U. S. Navy Photo

     On July 27, 1949, an F8F-1 Bearcat, (Bu. No. 95089), crashed on take off from the Quonset Point Naval Air Station.  The aircraft struck a small shed, then a wall beyond it, and then cartwheeled into Narragansett Bay where it came to rest in six feet of water.  The pilot was rescued. 

     The pilot was assigned to VF-71.


     U. S. Navy accident report dated July 27, 1949.


1912 Kingston, R.I. Fair Advertisement

          1912 Kingston, Rhode Island, Fair Advertisement

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Norwich Bulletin, (Ct.) September 12, 1912

Norwich Bulletin, (Ct.)
September 12, 1912


     The fair featured Massachusetts aviator Ruth Bancroft Law, (1887- 1970), licensed pilot #188 by the Aero Club of America.   At the time of this exhibition, Miss Law was a newly licensed pilot, having soloed just the month before. 

     Miss Law achieved fame on November 19, 1916, when she successfully flew non-stop from Chicago to Hornell, New York, a distance of 590 miles, and thereby set a new aviation long-distance record.  The flight took eight hours and 55 minutes.  The previous long-distance record had been set only 16 days earlier when Victor Carlstrom flew 453 miles from Chicago to Erie, Pennsylvania.

     In 1913, Miss Law announced her plans to attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing from Newfoundland to the Irish coast, and planned to bring her brother along on the flight.  The flight was planned for July of that year, but it didn’t take place.             

     Ruth Law (Oliver) is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, Massachusetts.  To see photos of her go to www.findagrave.com, memorial #39047459  

     Much has been written about Miss Law and her career that can be found on other websites.

Grand Forks Herald, (N.D.) July 20, 1917

Grand Forks Herald, (N.D.)
July 20, 1917



     Norwich Bulletin, Kingston Fair Advertisement, September 12, 1912


     Topeka State Journal, “Fly Over The Sea”, May 1, 1913

     The Citizen, (Berea, Ky.) “Long-Distance Mark Broken”, November 23, 1916, pg. 8.  

     Grand Forks Herald, (No. Dak.) French Oils advertisement featuring Ruth Bancroft Law,  July 20, 1917.



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