WALTER E. LEES
1887 - 1957
(Click On Name For Brief Biographical Sketch)
Many from the book
edited by his daughter
Jo Lees Cooper
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Walter E. Lees, Pioneer Pilot, soloed in 1912 and continued in aviation until 1945.
He flew approximately 12,000 hours and handled over 60 different types of aircraft. In 1931, he set a non-refueling endurance
record in a Packard-Diesel powered Bellanca which stood until 1986
Early Years &
World War I
Johnson Airplane & Supply
First Diesel Flight
Post Endurance Flight,
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OF AVIATION, Inc.
An organization of pioneers who flew solo before December 17, 1916
We, The Early Birds of Aviation, Inc.,
in order to encourage, promote and foster international interest in aeronautics and astronautics, and to preserve the history of all pioneers in
aerospace, and for the purpose of advancing and promulgating all forms of human related flight do ordain, establish and adopt this
In Walter's collection of memorabilia I found some 25 issues of the CHIRP, the official organ of the Early Birds. The issues extend from June, 1936 through July, 1995, with many missed copies in the sequence. In spite of this, I found much information, both photos and stories, which I used in the building of my Pioneer Pilot website. Now I am building a new website which features information on all of the original members of the Early Birds. In addition, I have entries for some 20 or more non-members, who were important in the early days. I hope this will prove to be a valuable online resource to the friends, relatives and other interested researchers of the group. To that end, I have already added a page for each of the 598 Original Early Birds of Aviation. So far I have been able to add biographies, some very brief, some extensive, for more than 450 of them. More will be added as time and materials permit. If you are interested in the subject, I invite you to click on the logo or titles and visit the site, still under construction. If you have any photos or stories which you would like to share or inquiries which I might help you to answer, feel free to contact me.