Parks Air College

Parks Air College (HM2MZW)

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N 38° 34.262', W 90° 11.309'

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Parks Air College was founded in 1927 by visionary aviation pioneer Oliver Lafayette Parks (born Jun 10, 1899 & died Feb 1985) at Lambert Field in St. Louis, Missouri, in a rented hangar. A short time later "Lafe" Parks, as he was affectionately called by his friends moved the college to Cahokia to add additional history to the historical community. The United States Department of Commerce awarded approved school certificate No. 1 to Parks Air College. It became known as the Harvard of Aviation.

During World War II Oliver Parks prepared and presented to the Army a plan to train military pilots using his civilian flight instructors. The Army accepted and thousands were trained by Parks. It was a major contribution to the war effort. Parks Air College is now part of Saint Louis University.
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Date Added Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 744939 N 4272924
Decimal Degrees38.57103333, -90.18848333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.262', W 90° 11.309'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 15.72" N, 90° 11' 18.54" W
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