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Oral history interview with Ralph S Johnson, 2007 Feb. 20

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TitleOral history interview with Ralph S Johnson, 2007 Feb. 20
IntervieweeJohnson, Ralph S.
InterviewerMorris, Sammie
Purdue ID NumberPOH0607029(Johnson)
Date RecordedFebruary 20, 2007
Abstract of InterviewJohnson was born in 1906 in Goodland, Indiana as the fourth in ten children. Johnson's uncle, Hartley Rowe, a graduate from Purdue who worked on the Panama Canal influenced Johnson's decision to attend Purdue. Johnson participated in ROTC, Acacia (Masonic fraternity), debate team, Kappa Phi Sigma (literary society) and boxing. His brother, Max Johnson, also attended Purdue in the Engineering department. He discusses how he met his wife. When he graduated from Purdue, he went to Marsh Field, California for pilot training during the Great Depression. After pilot school, he taught and worked in Muncie, Indiana with the Ball Brothers. He spent the summer of 1932 at the Chicago World Fair giving airplane rides. Johnson was offered job at Midway Airport in Chicago. He discusses the general public's fear of flying at that time. When World War II began, Johnson was working as a test pilot for United Airlines. He discusses his achievements in aviation and his role in developing standards for flight and landing.
SubjectsJohnson, Ralph S.--Interviews
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Air pilots
Genre (AAT)Interviews
Oral history (document genres)
Sound recordings
Media Typeaudio/mp3
Original Formataudio/wav
Duration2 hr., 7 min.
CollectionPurdue University Oral History Program Collection
RepositoryPurdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
RightsCopyright Purdue University. All rights reserved.
URI ark:/34231/c68w3cb3
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