One of the things that I always have an eye out for is evidence of the continuing passion for aviation that runs through the early decades at the Institute. While I was looking for something in some Threshers from the late 1920s the other day, this ad jumped out at me. Looking at it today it seems so reckless, but what the heck–I certainly would have gone up if I had the chance. It ran in late February:
By early March, the Rice Flying Club had organized with Jimmy Waters as its faculty sponsor:
I can’t help but wonder whether any of these guys got a ride in the Fast Parker Pen Monoplane.
Bonus: Tommy Lavergne taking more fabulous pictures.
The photos are for the next issue of Rice Magazine, which will feature a piece about a couple of the old student scrapbooks that we have in the Woodson. They’re really neat and I’ve posted images from both of them in the past. Keep an eye on your mailbox!