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
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:
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:
Photo courtesy of Roy Nagl