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Osler, Edward Scott, 1918-1949



  • Existence: 1918-1949

Biographical Note

Edward Scott Osler was a commercial pilot, flight engineer, and test pilot. He was born in 1918 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Harold and Janette Osler. In 1936 he started at the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1941, Osler was hired by Pan American World Airways to fly between Seattle, Washington and Alaska. In 1944, Boeing hired him as a test pilot to work on the B-29 and B-17 bombers. In 1947 Osler was assigned to the B-47 Stratojet project as the co-pilot to Robert Robbins. They piloted the B-47’s maiden flight on December 17, 1944. Osler continued to work on the B-47 for the next five years and was ultimately promoted to project pilot. James Frasier was assigned to be his co-pilot. During a test flight on May 11, 1949 Osler was killed when the bubble canopy on the B-47 came unlatched during flight and struck him in the head.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical Information Files - O

Scope and Contents Individuals whose names begin with O: Oberth, Hermann [Rocketry and astronautics pioneer] Biographical sketchObituary, Seattle Times, December 30, 1989Photocopy of photograph O'Callaghan, Claud V. [General traffic manager, Varney Air Lines] "Varney Advertising Proves Profitable in Building Air Mail Volume," Air Transportation, September 1, 1928 ...

John Fornasero Papers

Identifier: 2011-06-24
Abstract: The John Fornasero Papers are comprised of documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera pertaining to the life and work of flight instructor, aviation inspector, and test pilot John B. Fornasero. A significant portion of this collection is made up of photographs. Major topics include the Ryan School of Aeronautics, the Civil Aeronautics Administration, Fairchild Aircraft Company, and Boeing Aircraft Company.

Tandy C. Hennings Collection of E. Scott Osler Materials

Identifier: 2015-07-08
Abstract: The Tandy C. Hennings Collection of E. Scott Osler Materials are comprised of photographs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence collected by Hennings concerning commercial pilot, flight engineer, and test pilot E. Scott Osler. Also included is the biography of Osler that Hennings wrote using these materials.

Maria Osler Collection of Edward Scott Osler Logbooks and Photographs

Identifier: 2016-07-20
Abstract: The Edward Scott Osler Logbooks and Photographs are comprised of logbooks and photographs pertaining to the work of commercial pilot, flight engineer, and test pilot Edward Scott Osler. This collection is primarily logbooks.

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