Klamath Falls, OR Famous Pilot Killed, Feb 1947
RANKIN, FAMED FLIER, KILLED.
TWO PASSENGERS IN PLANE ALSO DIE.
Klamath Falls, Ore., Feb. 23 (AP) - TEX RANKIN, 54, nationally famous air racing and stunting champion, was killed near here today in the crash of an amphibian airplane he was piloting that also carried two others to their deaths and injured a fourth.
The other victims were CY WALLAN and JACK ELIE, operators of the Wallan Flying service here, who were riding in the airplane RANKIN was demonstrating when it struck an electric power line and crashed into the garden of a residence seven miles from the airport at 3:10 p.m.
The injured passenger was identified as MILTON THOMPSON, an Air Transport command veteran, who is in a coma suffering concussion and a right arm fracture.
RANKIN was piloting a Republic Seabee craft for which he is west coast distributor. The airport here had no explanation for the crash. They had just taken off from the airport.
RANKIN has claimed the world's championship for stunt flying and has competed in scores of national air races and shows. He was a veteran of 30 years in aviation and was one of the few earlier aces to survive his reckless stunting acts of early barnstorming days. He lived in Tulare, California.
San Bernardino County Sun California 1947-02-24