A Guide to the George William Christopher Papers, 1961-1991 Christopher, George William Papers Ms1991-031

A Guide to the George William Christopher Papers, 1961-1991

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1991-031


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1991-031
Title
George William Christopher Papers, 1961-1991
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Christopher, George William
Language
English
Abstract
Autobiographical memoir titled Pioneer Pilot from the Texas Panhandle: Stories from a Flier's Life by George William Christopher, a flight instructor and barnstormer in the Texas panhandle area in 1930s and a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II and post-war period. Also includes an outline for an article drawn from the book and a newspaper clipping about Christopher being awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal in Italy.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the George William Christopher Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: George William Christopher Papers, Ms1991-031, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The George William Christopher Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1991.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the George William Christopher Papers commenced and was completed in September, 2013.


Biographical Note

George William Christopher, son of Van B. and Laura Gilliland Christopher, was born in Texhoma, Oklahoma on September 17, 1908. The younger Christopher later moved with his family to southern Kansas and the Texas panhandle, where he worked variously as a fireman, mechanic, and electrician. In 1933, Christopher purchased a Waco 10 biplane, and the following year, he became a professional flight instructor. Through the 1930s, Christopher continued work as a flight instructor and also barnstormed throughout the area. During World War II, he instructed air cadets at Love Field (Dallas, Texas) before joining the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) in Santa Monica, California, as an engineering test pilot, then went on active duty as a reserve officer with the Army Air Forces. From 1947 until his retirement, Christopher served as a regular officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was awarded numerous medals and honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross during the Korean War, the Air Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal while serving with Allied Air Forces, Southern Europe, a NATO command in Naples, Italy. In 1941, Christopher married Geneva Weatherspoon (1907-1994), and the couple would have one child. Following Christopher's retirement from the U. S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, the Christophers lived in El Paso, Texas. George William Christopher died on April 22, 2002 and was buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, Texas.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the papers of George William Christopher, a pilot who worked as a flight instructor and barnstormer in the Texas panhandle region in the 1930s, then served with the U. S. Air Force during World War II and the post-war period. The collection includes a copy of Christopher's autobiographical memoir Pioneer Pilot from the Texas Panhandle: Stories from a Flier's Life. The collection also contains an outline for an article proposed by Christopher for American Aviation Historical Society Journal, to be titled "Flying in the Thirties in Texas," and a newspaper clipping about Christopher receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Related Material

Separated Material

A second copy of Christopher's memoir was removed from the collection to be cataloged for the Rare Book Collection.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Archives of American Aerospace Exploration (AAAE)
  • Science and Technology
  • Occupations:

  • Pilots

Contents List

Folder 1
Papers, 1961-1991, n.d.
  • Pioneer Pilot from the Texas Panhandle: Stories from a Flier's Life, 1991
  • Half-tone reproductions of photos in book, n.d.
  • Outline for proposed "Flying in the Thirties in Texas" journal article, 1991
  • "Veteran Pilot from Amarillo is Honored" newspaper clipping, 1961
  • "The Golden Age" (extracted from The Smithsonian Book of Flight, [1987]
    [photocopy]