RAY OTT (1894-1969)
(CNAC 1929 - 1931)

From a 1960's CNAC Personnel List:
Ott, Ray (1st Stn. Mgr.)
Elkton, Md.


In addition to being the Hankow Station Manager, Ray also worked in the Maintenance Department.

Ray traveled with Jimmy Hayden and Jimmy's wife, Eloise, to China in 1929.

March 26, 2003
Received the following information and photos from Nancy Allison Wright.

Here are two Ott photos. The group left to right: Eloise and Jimmy Hayden, Dot and Ray Ott. Photo is courtesy of Pat Garthwaite. (She is only pretty sure of Hayden ID, but we might as well go with it.)

The single photo of Ray Ott with bamboo hangar in background is from my father's album, courtesy of Nancy Allison Wright, as it were. It is probably set in Shanghai.


Thanks Nancy.




August 4, 2003, from Patti Gully. Thanks Patti.

In the 19 October 1929 edition of CWR, a 4-page article, written by Edgar Snow and entitled “The Middle Kingdom From the Clouds," mentions Mr Johnsen on page 276, along with other CNAC staff. Mr Snow was a passenger on this, the first CNAC trial flight, which apparently took place the same day as the article was printed ("This morning I was in Hankow. Tonight I am back again, in Shanghai..."):

“Our cabin, amply roomy for six passengers, besides the two pilots who are forward in the cockpit, now is occupied by the following: Mr W.P. Loo, director, China National Aviation Corp; Mr Roy Ott, mechanic, Aviation Exploration, Inc.; and myself. In the cockpit are Mr Harry G. Smith, vice-president and operations manager of Aviation Exploration, Inc., and a pilot of more than 4,000 hours flying experience; and Mr Birger Johnsen, an equally experienced air mail flyer who will be one of the regular pilots on this Shanghai-Hankow service.”

I (Tom Moore) agree with Patti, "The photo accompanying the article is very poor and (almost) useless for your purposes - I attach it so you won't think you're missing out on anything".

Patti (Gully)



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