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John M. Miller flies the mail off the roof of the Philadelphia Post Office in a Kellet Autogiro (COLOR footage from 1939)

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#1 Posted: 4/1/2010 08:20:15


 



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#2 Posted: 4/1/2010 09:13:13

Wow! Amazing clip - I had no idea there was color footage!

Somewhere in my collection of ephemera I have a letter that was carried on that flight ...



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#3 Posted: 4/1/2010 09:27:12

Thanks Zach.  Good stuff.

 

Lyman



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#4 Posted: 4/1/2010 11:05:56

I'm sure you guys know, but others might not, that Capt. John Miller was a regular at Oshkosh for many decades until his death just a few years ago at age over 100.  In later years at least he usually hung out at the American Bonanza Society tent where many of us were fortunate to meet him.  He was incredibly healthy and flew himself from the east coast to Oshkosh into his late 90s.  I remember he walked faster than almost anybody on the field and had to be coaxed to accept a seat on a tram.  He was a talented writer, and his monthly articles in the ABS magazine for many years are classic stories of aviation in the early days.



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#5 Posted: 4/1/2010 11:25:24

Hi Mike - yep, I'm very familiar with Capt. Miller.  He was one of the first people I interviewed for the Timeless Voices oral history program:




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#6 Posted: 4/1/2010 21:02:41

excellent post. Thank you.



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#7 Posted: 4/1/2010 22:17:07

It's at moments like this that I really love the internet.  What a find. The clarity of the colour is superb.

And to cap it all there's a simply perfect  "pilot sunglasses removal" right at the end, no movie actor could have done it better!



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#8 Posted: 4/1/2010 23:05:17

Absolutely fascinating footage. I don't know if the Postal Museum is aware of this but will send them a link. I spent some time in that building in the late 80s and learned of the history. I tried to imagine using the roof as an airfield. I never expected to see the event on film. Thanks for sharing this.

Rocky Rutter



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#9 Posted: 4/2/2010 17:42:42

Hmmm... wonder if the roof is still clear.......



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#10 Posted: 4/3/2010 04:58:57 Modified: 4/3/2010 05:18:48

 



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#11 Posted: 4/3/2010 05:09:42

Excellent post!  Any ideas on the final disposition of this Kellett KD-1B?  Would be great to see it restored to the configuration shown in this film.  Sounds like it was turned into a tri-motor in the 1950s.

Here's some info I found:



"By act of Congress, all civil air regulations were waived and the operation left to Miller's discretion."


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#12 Posted: 4/5/2010 09:10:10
Brett Lovett wrote:

 

Excellent post!  Any ideas on the final disposition of this Kellett KD-1B?  Would be great to see it restored to the configuration shown in this film.  Sounds like it was turned into a tri-motor in the 1950s.

Here's some info I found:



"By act of Congress, all civil air regulations were waived and the operation left to Miller's discretion."

 

There are two Kellet KD-1 aircraft in museums (that I am aware of).  One of the KD-1 factory demonstrators is at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum and the other is a KD-1A at the Yanks Air Museum.  NASM has a Kellett XO-60 that is very similar to the KD-1, but with a large greenhouse type canopy.  As a sidenote, if you are into r/c aircraft, the Autogyro Company of Arizona makes a large scale r/c Kellett kit:  http://www.autogyro-rc.com/FuelKits.html

Zack



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