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Emrick, Halden H.


Halden H. Emrick learned to fly at the Wright School of Aviation of Dayton, Ohio in 1914. After completing his training, he built his own plane, a Curtiss type pusher, finished in 1916. During World War I, he taught flying for the U.S. Army Air Service at Kelly Field (Texas) and Mineola Field (New York). The 820th Aero Squadron, of which Emrick was part, was based out of Kelly Field and remained there for the duration of the war. Several detachments of the squadron were stationed around the country, and at some point Emrick was part of the Boston Detachment in addition to his service at the Texas base and in New York.

After the war Emrick flew in a number of different roles. He became a well-known stunt pilot, barnstorming with his partner Carter G. Buton in the Ohio area. He continued to teach flying and serve as a pilot for a number of different aircraft companies, including the Sanford Aviation Company (a Waco aircraft distributor), the Dungan Airways Co., Inc. (a Fairchild and Waco aircraft distributor), and finally the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service at their Cleveland base.


Biographical note derived from collection materials.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical Information Files - E

Scope and Contents Individuals whose names start with E: Eagleston, Glenn T. [WWII U.S. ace pilot] "Aces' Aircraft: Lt. Col. Glenn T. Eagleston," Aero Album, Fall 1968 Eaker, Ira C. [U.S. Air Force pilot] Folder 1:Obituary, Eugene Register-Guard, August 7, 1987"Eaker's Pan-American Mission," Air Force Magazine, September...

Halden H. Emrick Collection

Identifier: 1989-02-16
Abstract The collection contains materials relating to Halden H. Emrick's personal life and varied aviation career as a pilot's instructor during World War I, chief pilot for Curtiss-Wright and other aircraft companies, and a stunt pilot during the heyday of barnstorming in the 1920s and 1930s.

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