Maitland, Lester J.

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Maitland, Lester J. Gender: M
Lester James Maitland
born on 8 February 1899 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 43n02, 87w54
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 20°16' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 03°26 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 27°57'

Lester J. Maitland (At left, with Albert F. Hegenberger at right, at Wheeler Field, Hawaii, after the first non-stop flight from California to Hawaii in 1927)


American aviation pioneer who completed the first transpacific flight from California to Hawaii, flying the modified transport Bird of Paradise, with Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger, in 1927. Although the recognition accorded them was less in comparison with the adulation given Charles Lindbergh for his transatlantic flight only five weeks earlier, Maitland and Hegenberger's feat was arguably more significant from a navigational stand point.

Maitland continued his career in the Air Corps, serving in combat as a bombardment group commander during World War II. He later became the first director of the Wisconsin Aeronautics Commission and the Director of Civil Defense for the state of Michigan before changing professions and becoming an Episcopal minister. Maitland died at a convalescent home in Scottsdale, Arizona on 27 March 1990 at age 91.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • compare to chart of Lindbergh, Charles (born 4 February 1902). Notes: American aviation pioneers


  • Work : Prize 1987 (Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate (no. 1838).


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 91)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive
  • Vocation : Military : Combat (Bombardment group commander)
  • Vocation : Military : Honors
  • Vocation : Military : Military career (Brigadier general, U.S. Army Air Forces)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (World War II)
  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Episcopal lay-minister)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ commercial
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ private
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Wisconsin Aviation)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (Aviation pioneer)