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  Student pilots, Christofferson Aviation School.

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Caption:   Class of student pilots from the Christofferson Aviation School (1916). Redwood City Airport was started in early 1916 by aviator Silas Christofferson. Christofferson's business was very successful, but short-lived; he was killed in a crash on the field later that year. Frank Bryant purchased the business in 1917 and renamed it the Redwood City School of Aviation. Bryant sold the flight school and grounds to Walter Varney, a World War I flying ace, in 1920. Varney founded the United Aircraft and Transportation Co., which eventually became United Airlines. The airport existed until the early 1930's, when the land was subdivided and sold for commercial use. Redwood City Airport was located near what is now Chestnut Street, between Veterans Blvd. and Broadway.
Photo Date:   1916
  Redwood City Public Library

Airports -- Redwood City, California

Flight Schools -- Redwood City, CA

Christofferson Aviation School

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