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1938 - Cowboys -and -girl - On Horses Help Airplane

Subdeacon Joe

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Daring High-altitude Rescue, 1938. Aviator Bill Monday was called in to rescue a 12-year-old girl in need of medical care. Ryan landed on a 9,400 feet (2865 meters) high mountain with an uphill slope of about 20 degrees. His Ryan B-5 Brougham had to be towed to the top of the hill so he could attempt a dangerous downhill takeoff to clear tall pine trees. At the crest, Monday’s plane was secured with a rope from the tail wheel strut to a tree. After Monday fully revved the engine, the rope was cut, sending the plane bouncing down the meadow.

The young patient survived, and the area was named Airplane Meadow. The rider on the white horse was the 14-year-old sister of the critically-ill girl. The rescue took place in the Thorofare area of Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness. Note the ranch brands on the engine cowling.

 — at Grand Teton National Park.



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