Oregon’s Military and Naval Aviation Pioneers, Frank W. Wright and Louis T. Barin, Jr.
Oregonian Louis T. Barin, Jr. served in the Oregon Naval Militia before World War I and became its first naval aviator. On active duty as US Naval Aviator #56, he served as an instructor and test pilot at Naval Aeronautical Station Pensacola during the war, and in 1919 participated in the U.S. Navy’s transatlantic flying boat mission. Lieutenant Barin was photographed near the NC-3 on 3 May 1919 before the famous flight. (Naval History and Heritage Command, NH 56091)