Jens Tinus Christensen was
joined the military in 1917, took flight training and served as a flight
instructor during World War I mustering out in 1919. He continued flying,
performing at exhibitions in cities around the
Flying the mail in 1920 was very dangerous. Pilots had no radio contact and no instruments for flying in bad weather. Thirty-one of the first forty pilots hired by the post office died in the line of duty.
considered one of the best airmail pilots. As an experienced stunt flyer, he
had a good sense of the winds a oft and set speed
records for the Omaha-Chicago and
The funeral in Blair, gave an indication of his popularity and accomplishments as a flyer. More than 1,000 cars ( a huge number in 1921) arrived at the burial site and an estimated 10,000 people attended the services and watched as planes from the Omaha Airmail Division flew over and dropped garlands of flowers. His grave was marked with a giant propeller and in 1941 the local airfield was named for him.
brought credit to
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