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Carroll C. "Mike" Eversole

Eversole, Carroll C. "Mike."  U.S. Air Mail Service pilot who made the first emergency jump using a modern parachute.  U.S. Air Mail Service pilot (1918- ) and (1920-21); appointed December 5, 1918 and assigned at Belmont Park, NY (1918-1919), Cleveland OK (1919) Bustleton Field (1919), reappointed November 24, 1920 at College Park MD (1920-21) and Chicago IL (1920-21); he made the first emergency free-parachute jump from a DH-4 on Feb. 18, 1922, although his name does not appear in air mail crash material nor as a member of the "Caterpillar Club," he was discharged from the U.S. Air Mail Service after being accused of having planned the jump, an accusation with which a number of his peers agreed (1921).
    From: Dan Mac Murray's compilation of U.S. Air Mail Service Pilots, Contract Pilots, Airline Pilots & Military Pilots associated with air mail flights prior to June 1, 1934:
dan3@MacMurrays.com
 

"Eagan was also the site of two plane crashes in the summer of 1921. Neither of these crashes occurred at the Lexington-Diffley airport site. An airmail plane piloted by Mickey Eversole crashed on the Walter Sell farm near Lemay Lake, near the present bulk mail facility. The twin engine DeHaviland aircraft plummeted to the ground, but Mickey Eversole was able to parachute to safety."
     From Egan, Minnesota Historical Society website:
http://www.cityofeagan.com/History/historical_trail.htm#Trail%20Stops


Photo courtesy of Roy Nagl

 

 
 

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