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Bevo Howard


This 1951 poster from Waycross Army Air Field (part of Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia) features the aerobatic pilot Beverly "Bevo" Howard. At 21 years of age, Howard was the youngest airline pilot in the United States. In 1941, he won a primary flight school contract from the Army Air Corps. During World War II, Howard trained more than 7,000 pilots, one-third of whom were French. He flew in his first airshow at the age of 19 and performed in more than 1,500 exhibitions. He died in an airshow crash in 1971; the Bücker Bü-133C Jungmeister he was flying was restored by his estate and donated to the National Air and Space Museum. It is now on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

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