Oct 31, 2015
Written by Evergreen Museum Curator
Floyd E. Keadle is being inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 during the Dream to Fly Gala at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Click here for more information about the event
Lt. Floyd Keadle
Keadle learned to fly during World War I and flew forest fire patrols before leaving the Air Corps in 1921. During the 1920s he flew air shows, charter work and mail flights as well as becoming an instructor at the Tex Rankin School of Aviation in Oregon. He flew for Alaska-Washington Airways and Westcoast Air Transport before flying airmail for Varney Airlines on the west coast. He flew with the famous stunt team of Rankin, Mount & Associates and once stopped an aircraft from running into a crowd at an air show, after it had started unexpectedly, run him over and smashed his arm in twelve places. He died of pneumonia in 1934.