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Pearson’s de Havilland DH-4 plane was used during his 1919 transcontinental race and for survey flights at the Grand Canyon. (National Park Service)

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The year 1921 stands unique in the history of United States aeronautics. World War I had just ended, and a stimulus of popular curiosity emerged regarding the aircraft that essentially won the war.

By Wendy Howell March 6, 2018