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Finn plane sold
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Valley Times Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Charles Calvin Finn along with his twin brother, George, were known as the "Flying Finn Twins." They are infamous for their ongoing battles with the government and their high profile stunts to start their own airline company. After serving in the Air Corps during World War II, the pair bought a C-46-twin-engine transport plane from the Bakersfield school district with the intention of retrofitting it and using it as the first plane in their company. The federal government, however, said the sale was not valid and took possession of the plane. The Finn brothers went to extremes to battle for their plane and their company, including stealing and hiding the plane in Nevada, handcuffing U. S. District Attorney Laughlin Waters in a citizens arrest, and participating in a 71 day hunger strike. The plane was eventually sold in a Sheriff's auction in 1957.
Photograph caption dated December 31, 1957 reads, "Charles Finn, of famous flying Finn twins, clutches wad of $50 and $100 bills in his hands as he argues with sheriff's civil division men at sale of his airplane at Lockheed Air Terminal. Antoinette Francois, back to camera, had bid highest for plane but couldn't produce enough cash."
1 photographic print :b&w ;18 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Finn, Charles Calvin
Lockheed Air Terminal, Inc
Los Angeles County (Calif.).--Sheriff's Department--Officials and employees
Air pilots--United States
Airports--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Men--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Airplanes--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Curtiss CW-20 (Transport plane)
Auctions--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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