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Young glider pilot beams after first solo flight
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes
Photograph article dated December 8, 1961 partially reads, "The cockpit opened, and out stepped Billy, celebrating the first few hours of his 14th birthday and 'probably one of the youngest pilots ever to solo,' in the words of his flight instructor Fred W. Harris. Harris is owner and operator of the Holiday Soaring School, where Billy learned about flying a sailplane. But Billy, in class 8B at Northridge Junior High School, knew something about flying before the 6:40 a.m. solo. His dad, 7523 Etiwanda Ave., Reseda, has been instructing his son in flying since Billy was 10 years old." Pictured are Billy Nelson and his Schweizer 2-22c glider plane with, from left, instructor Fred Harris and Billy's father, Capt. Dale Nelson, at the Tehachapi Municipal Airport. The gentleman at right is unidentified.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Tehachapi Municipal Airport (Tehachapi, Calif.)
Holiday Soaring School (Tehachapi, Calif.)--Employees
Air pilots--California--Tehachapi
Fathers and sons--California--Tehachapi
Armed Forces--Officers
Teenage boys--California--Tehachapi
Gliders (Aeronautics)--California--Tehachapi
Schweizer aircraft
Mountains--California, Southern
Tehachapi (Calif.)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
Time Period

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