Charles F. West
Oakland Reunion, 1968

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  Charles F. West, North Pacific Area Chairman, died July 14, 1972, after a brief stay in the hospital just after returning from an eastern trip. He was one of the youngest Early Birds, having passed only his 73rd year.
     He built and soloed in a biplane glider in 1914. That same year he built and flew over 100 flights in a monoplane of his own design.
     He is perhaps best known for his attempts to rescue Paul Redfern from the jungles of South America. On one flight he located an unfriendly Indian tribe that had water cans that appeared to be part of Redfern's equipment. He brought back pictures of the Indians and maps of the territory where he thought Redfern might have been captured.
     He is survived by his wife, Helen, who lives in Oakland, California, a son and one grandchild.
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP
January 1973, Number 79

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