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Tower, Leslie R., 1903-1935


Biographical Note

Leslie Ralph "Les" Tower was born on January 21, 1903 in Sisseton, South Dakota. He worked for Boeing as chief test pilot in the 1930s. On October 30, 1935, Tower was co-pilot when the Boeing 299 crashed during a test flight, killing pilot Peter Ployr Hill and injuring all others on board, including Tower. Due to his severe injuries, Tower died shorlty after, died on November 19, 1935.

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Edward C. Wells Boeing Model 299 logbook and letter

Identifier: 2010-06-17
Contents of the Collection The collection contains two items: the original logbook for flight tests of the Boeing Model 299, and a letter from Boeing engineer Edward C. Wells to his father, Edward L. Wells. The logbook, "Log of Plane. Mod - 299. MFG - 1963," includes the license number (13372) and one page of test flight information for eighteen flights, starting on July 28, 1935 and ending on October 24, 1935. The logbook includes the date, length of flight, origination and destination, and purpose, such as...

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