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John G Cumberland (1909 - 1978)


Born in Wilmette, Illinois in 1909. Cumberland first started flying in 1928 and secured his pilot’s license in October 1931. His first ship owned was an OX5 Swallow NC5088.

Most of his flying was from Palwaukee Airport in Wheeling, Illinois and from Curtiss Reynolds Airport in Glenview, Illinois. He flew the Swallow 1931-34 until it was demolished in a spin accident on May 30, 1934.

He worked for Palwaukee Airport during the Chicago World’s Fair 1933-34 as the copilot on the Sikorsky S-38 Flying boat. During the fair he also gave Miss Sandy Rand an airplane ride in his OX5 Swallow.

A young newspaper cub reporter named Max Karant was given his first ride in the Swallow. Max went on to become editor of the AOPA magazine.

He gave instruction to a number of students in the 1930s, one of them being Earl Bates, Colonel USAF, Retired who went on to see a great amount of combat flying in North Africa during the war.

In 1935 he purchased an Axelson Commandaire and he flew this ship until 1939.

He was a founding member of the Civil Air Patrol in 1941 and he was active in CAP for some 35 years. He flew actively until 1972.

Cumberland was president and secretary of the Illinois OX5 Club until his death in 1978.