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Oral history interview with Joe Russell, 1977 Aug. 18.
BANC MSS 99/68 zLOCALPhonotape 2963 C:1-2LOCAL
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Oral history interview with Joe Russell, 1977 Aug. 18
Donated oral histories collection


Russell, Joe (Patrick Joseph), 1901-1982, creator, ive


White, Wayne E., ivr


Russell, Frances M. (Frances Miller), 1907-


Idaho State Historical Society


Joe Russsell discusses his career as an airplane pilot before and after World War II: learning to fly in Idaho just after World War I, barnstorming in Idaho, eastern Washington and Oregon with his brother Basil "Bake" Russell, working as a commercial pilot for Transcontinental Air Transport (later became Trans World Airways) 1930-1932, barnstorming and working as a salesman for Lincoln Aircraft and Mono Aircraft in the Midwest, with some references to California; becoming a pilot on Cía. de Aviación Faucett, Peru, in 1936, including comments on the equipment used by the firm, flying conditions and regulations, company policies, salaries and benefits; returning to the United States and serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II; returning to Faucett, 1945-1949.
Includes biographical information about Joe Russell, answers to additional questions for Joe Russell posed by the interviewer, autobiographical material, and a listing of the Patrick Joseph Russell Collection at the Idaho State Historical Society.


1977 (issued)


n-usc-- -- n-usp-- -- n-us-ca -- s-pe---
Air pilots -- Interviews
Aeronautics -- Northwest, Pacific
Aeronautics -- Middle West
Aeronautics -- California
Aeronautics -- Peru
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American
Pilotes d'aéronef -- Entretiens
Aéronautique -- Midwest (États-Unis)
Aéronautique -- Californie
Aéronautique -- Pérou
Military operations, Aerial -- American
Air pilots
Pacific Northwest
Middle West
Compañía de Aviación Faucett.
United States. -- Army Air Forces.
United States. -- Army Air Forces


Interview conducted by Wayne E. White at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, on behalf of the Idaho State Historical Society, Aug. 18, 1977. Transcript edited by Joe Russell and his wife Frances, who has added minor emendations in pencil.
Forms part of: Donated oral histories collection.
Audio tape recording of the interview also available. Classified as Phonotape 2963 C:1-2.
Idaho State Historical Society; Boise, Idaho.
REFERENCE USE ONLY. Reproduction prohibited. Direct requests for copies or permission to publish to the Idaho State Historical Society.
Idaho State Historical Society; Boise, Idaho. Patrick Joseph Russell collection (MS 247).
Patrick Joseph Russell, known by personal preference as Joe Russell, was born in Payette, Idaho, Jan. 4, 1901, and died in Santa Rosa, Calif., Jan. 14, 1982; following his professional flying career, Joe Russell worked as an inspector for Boeing Consolidated in Seattle, 1949-1950, and as a mechanic for United Airlines, San Francisco, until his retirement in 1966. He continued to fly privately during that time.


Oral histories.

Physical Description:

22 leaves ; 28 cm
2 audiocassettes
5 items in portfolio




Phonotape 2963 C:1-2LOCAL



Copyright Note:

REFERENCE USE ONLY. Reproduction prohibited. Direct requests for copies or permission to publish to the Idaho State Historical Society.