(I was going to release this post right ON January 11th, but the system missed the post. So instead, let’s pretend today is January 11th.)
On January 11th, 1935, Cloyce Joeseph Tippett was doing something interesting.
Tip was 22 years old, in the Army, stationed at Luke Field, Hawaii, trying to get into the cockpit of just about anything that would fly – and on his way to becoming a legendary aviation pioneer.
As a private at the HQ detachment, 5th composite group, Luke Field TH (Territory of Hawai’i – because Hawai’i was not yet a state in 1935 – and they spell their state name like that, both now, and then… plus that’s how the military spelled it in 1935), Tip was busy doing KP and cigarette-butt detail, and studying hard.
In addition to night courses at the University of Hawai’i, Tip successfully completed a course titled “Military Law – The Law of Military Offenses” as well as “Military Sanitation and First Aid.”
He was making progress.
On the same day, less than ten miles away at Wheeler Field, another legendary aviation pioneer was taking off on a record-setting flight.
It was success all round at Pearl Harbor on January 11th, 1935.
Tip’s memoir is full of soaring stories like these, and more, and is coming soon!