Heddon Collection : The Dowagiac Area History Museum's Heddon Collection
1920, c.
B/W photograph of three men standing by a two—wing propeller plane in a grassy area. Plane is painted to resemble a fish (Heddon Jenny airplane.) Paper that was with this photo (discarded because of condition) stated: "May 1920, First delivery of baits and fishing tackle for the Heddon Co. of this city was made in the trip to Buchanan on Saturday by Pilot Henry F. Fawcett of the Heddon Aviation Company. Trips will be made this week to Coldwater, Sturgis and Albion with deliveries for the bait company and also to carry passengers. Captain Frank Hawks of St. Joseph has been engaged as the pilot by teh Heddon Aviation Company and is in command of one of the 'flying fish.' Captain Hawks had a Heddon plane at St. Joseph on Sunday and carried 30 passengers aloft in that city."

Air power in Dowagiac, c. 1922, began with this "Flying Jenny" of the Heddon bait company. The pilot (in the center) is Henry Fawcett, who was a WWI fighter pilot. Standing in front of the airplane is Captain Frank Hawks, third man is unidentified. Heddon operated the first commercial airplane from Dowagiac airport—— when it was little more than a hayfield. The plane was one of three owned by Charles Heddon and used for company business. The pilot is tying a package of Heddon baits to the wing of the airplane." Man on left may be Charles Heddon
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Print, Photographic
Fawcett, Henry
Hawks, Frank
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10"w x 8"H
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Henry Fawcett
Frank Hawks
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