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Mr. Baird and his plane

Mr. Baird in the cockpit of his plane

These photographs were taken by his nephew at a Marine Corp. Training Camp, Camp Lejeune
(French for Camp the Young). Mr. Baird spent most of his time in this plane. He was rejected
from flying in the armed services because of a right eye problem; however, this did not stop Mr.
Baird from his passion-flying. He took his first flying lesson in 1935 and would take flying
lessons whenever he had enough money. He could not afford a plane until 1967, in which he
bought a 172F airplane. Mr. Baird had a membership in a flying club where he was Secretary of Treasury.

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