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NDOT, Division of Aeronautics
Mr. Ronnie Mitchell, Director

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Earl and Pauline Hawks founded an airport on the family farm near Bruning, Nebraska, where Earl was born in 1906. He and Pauline were married in 1939, two years before Earl went on active duty in the Civil Air Patrol to fly coastal patrol. He transitioned into P-51 Mustangs to protect the continental U.S. from Japanese attack during World War II. Upon discharge in 1947, Earl returned to Nebraska and bought his first airplane, a Piper J-3 Cub. A hanger and landing strip were built across the road from the house and “Hawks Field” was developed east of the spot where Earl’s father first broke forty acres of native sod and sowed the first winter wheat in Thayer County. Pauline was Nebraska Flying Farmer and Rancher’s first queen in 1951 and their first Woman of the Year in 1971. Earl’s awards include the Advancement of Rural Aviation, the Nebraska Hospitality Award and the Nebraska Flying Farmer of the Year. With their flight school and crop spraying business, Earl and Pauline accumulated more than 27,000 and 1,800 flight hours respectively.



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