Charles "Speed" Holman 1898 - 1931

Charles Holman was raised on a farm in Minnesota. Speed Holman raced motorcycles under the nickname "Jack Speed", and later when doing 'daredevil' parachute jumps in an flying circus, his father was amazed to find that 'Jack Speed' was his son.  In return for a promise to never jump again, his father bought him is first airplane.  Speed broke the promise and also broke the airplane.

This is Speed at the Spokane Airport after winning the 1927 Air Derby.

His name became a household word, and when the newly organized Northwest Airways looked for its first pilot, they hired Speed. He became Operations Manager and pioneered air mail routes across Wisconsin and into North Dakota. His airline career was punctuated by wins in national air races, including the prestigious Thompson Trophy Race in 1930, part of the National Air Races in Chicago. He won this flying the Laird "Solution". Holman set a looping record that stood for many years; visited every corner of the State, lobbying the cities to build airports; was considered one of the country's top aerobatic pilots; and every fragment of his life was spectacular.

Such was his death during an impromptu aerobatic performance at the dedication of the Omaha Airport. His funeral was the largest in state history, with a hundred thousand persons turning out along the funeral route and at the cemetery.

Tired and oil-covered after completing a 1928 record of 1,433 loops (then doing an impromptu aerobatic routine for the gathered crowd).