Harold was John and Gertrude Pitcairn’s youngest child, born at Cairnwood in 1897. From a very early age he was preoccupied with aviation. With entrepreneurial spirit and determination, he was an innovator in his own right. After opening the first Pitcairn Airfield in 1924, Harold accomplished key breakthroughs in rotorcraft design with the American Autogiro, airfield and safety protocols, as well as developing the Pitcairn Mailwing to fly his airmail service which later became Eastern Airlines. For his significant contributions, Harold received the Collier Trophy—the highest award in American aeronautics—with a handshake from President Hoover on the White House lawn in April 1931 with Orville Wright present for the ceremony.
Join us as we explore Harold’s remarkable career in a presentation by Professor Ethan King. Professor King teaches economics, business ethics, and accounting at Bryn Athyn College. The Bryn Athyn Flying Field and Pitcairn Aviation are subjects he has enthusiastically researched for many years as a hobby, along with his professional studies of entrepreneurial theory and monetary history. Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.
- Lecture will be held via ZOOM
- Free; donations welcome
- Duration: 1 hour
- Please RSVP in advance; link will be sent out on the day of the event.