I need a photo of him. If you can help, please contact me.
Averages 89.8 Miles per Hour
The St. Louis Times
St. Louis, Thursday, October 4, 1923
    Walter E. Lees, veteran air pilot, flying a Hartzell FC1, today won the Flying Club of St. Louis Trophy Race, in the initial contest of the International Air Races at Bridgeton. Twenty thousand persons witnessed the finish.
    Lees averaged 89.31 miles an hour for the 1250 kilometers (93.21 miles) three times around the course. He wins permanent possession of the trophy and $500 cash prize awarded the winner.
The two delayed entrants withdrew. They were E. T. Allen of Washington and Jack ("Red") Bartow of Houston, Tex.
    Lawrence B. Sperry suffered the only accident and made a forced landing between Seeberger, the location of pylon No. 3, and the finish line. He repaired his engine and took the air again, but finished last. He was in second place at the finish of the second lap.
    Lees is the only pilot in the race who built and designed his own plane, even to the propeller. He is one of the oldest pilots in the country. He was one of the aviators who taught Gen. Mitchell of the army air service to fly, in 1914. His machine, a Hartzell FC1, has a Curtiss OX5 engine, and was entered by the Johnson Aircraft Company. His machine has a horsepower of 98.5
Collection of Walter E. Lees

     Jack "Red" Bartow, early flyer in this area and an associate of the late Parker D. Cramer, invented an aircraft landing beacon which was expected to be a boon to pilots landing planes at night of in bad weather.
Courtesy Clarion County Historical Society

     If you search for "Red Bartow ", using the Google search engine, (8-5-05), you will find 7 of 12 links. The two cited below are especially helpful.

Aviation History in Clarion County
Researched By: Brian Cumpston
     Red Bartow played a very important role in the history of Clarion County. On this page, you will find four references to his activities and contributions. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.
     At the bottom of the page, you will find this invitation by the author, Brian Cumpston:
" I created a small information brochure of the information I found. To see the "History of Aviation in Clarion County" brochure, click here (224 kb)"
     Among many interesting notes regarding the development of aviation in Clarion County, you will find the following photograph.
Bartow under bridge
1924 - Red Bartow pictured flying under route 322 bridge
connecting Marianne to Clarion.

Aviation History in Clarion County!
     This webpage offers the "Project Outline" which summarizes the work which Brian Cumpston had planned to complete for his Senior Project in High School. It notes some of the most important elements of the project. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

Brian Cumpston
       "My name is Brian Robert Cumpston, and I live in Clarion, PA. I am doing this project for my high school graduate project.  
       "As a side note, here in Pennsylvania (I dont know if you are familliar with PA at all), all high school students are required to complete some kind of effort beyond normal school work to graduate. At the school I went to, North Clarion Jr. & Sr. High, we were given our choice of what we could do. Some rebuilt engines, some restored classic automobiles, some did job shadowing, I chose to do some research into a subject matter of which I have exteme interest. As I am a private pilot, I love flying, aviation history, and anything associated inbetween.
     I am checked out in a Cessna 150, Cessna 172, and I am working on getting my tailwheel endorsement and checked out in a Globe Swift (surely you are familliar with these aircraft, if not check out www.globetemcoswift.com) I love flying,"

     If you search for "Jack Red Bartow ", using the Google search engine, (11-18-03), you will find just one link, back to my other website, Pioneer Pilot.
     If you search for "Jack Red Bartow ", using the Google search engine, (8-5-05), you will find just one link beside this one.

     This is one of several websites which Roy Nagl has built. It only offers a brief mention of Red Bartow, but does describe the Air Meet in great and interesting detail. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

Suggested by John Bradberry, 8-4-05
More Than Just an Airport
While many books about aviation history focus on airplanes, events, and pilots, aviation writer Charles Spence details the subject through the eyes of an airport in Wings Field Autobiography by Wings Field. The small airport near Philadelphia celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
     As one of the oldest airports in continuous operation and where much aviation progress was made, there's plenty to celebrate. For example, the development of airport lighting began in Bartow Beacons' small shop at Wings. The first navigation radios for small aircraft were tested and manufactured on the field, and the Pitcairn autogiro was tested and flown at the airport as well. And because of Wings' location near Philadelphia's Main Line and Chestnut Hill, it becam an early leading field for corporate aircraft owned and used by business owners and executives living in the area. At that time it was the third busiest airport in Pennsylvania.
     These and more facts about the airport's importance to flight, plus its rough periods, are recounted in the 190-page book, laden with about 130 black and white photos. You can find the $28 book online through the airport's website at www.WingsField.com, at online bookstores, or at the Wings Field Pilot Shop either by emailing book@wingsfield.com or calling 215/646-0400.

Contributed by Graham Crisp, 8-21-09
Hi Ralph,
     I too have been trying to find more info on this guy. My interest is in airfield lighting. I recently posted this thread.

Airfield Information Exchange

Graham Crisp

The dates of his birth and death are unknown to me.

Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper
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