Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Vanished Pilot James Hill Memorial

Hometown almost-hero James Hill (AKA "The Mad Boy of Scottdale") tried to fly from Maine to Rome in 1927. His body was never found. The monument with flight attire likeness was unveiled in 1970.

Gazabo Park

Address:
1 Centennial Way, Scottdale, PA
Directions:
Gazabo Park. Downtown, on the north side of Centennial Way/Pittsburgh St., just east of its intersection with Spring St., at the entrance to Gazabo Park.
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Memorial for missing James DeWitt Hill.

Vanished Pilot James Hill Memorial

James DeWitt Hill was an early U.S. air mail pilot who died while attempting one of the first transatlantic flights, with Lloyd Wilson Bertaud, in a Fokker F.VIIA monoplane named Old Glory.

[Farley Toothman, 11/05/2021]

The two aviators were attempting to one-up Charles Lindbergh by flying non-stop from Maine to Rome. The editor of the New York Daily Mirror unwisely tagged along to get a scoop. The wreckage of the plane was later found in the North Atlantic. The three men were never seen again.


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