Oregon’s Military and Naval Aviation Pioneers, Frank W. Wright and Louis T. Barin, Jr.
Oregonian Frank W. Wright served in the Oregon National Guard before World War I and became its first military pilot. Sent overseas in the war, he flew with RAF 209 Squadron in 1918, and continued on active duty service in the U.S. Army after the war, eventually becoming the first base commander of McChord Field, Washington, and later the first commander of Pendleton Field, Oregon. Lt Col Wright is shown here standing at the left looking on as the Chairman of the Board of Pierce County Commissioners John Schlarb hands the deed for Tacoma Field to County Auditor S. Clifford Davis. This ceremony on 5 May 1938 ended Pierce County’s ownership of the 900-acre airfield and transferred it to the War Department. (Image courtesy of the McChord Air Museum)