Jack Northrop Field Hawthorne Municipal Airport
Hawthorne, California, United States

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I Took My Instrument Checkride With Jean

I just stumbled on this string researching Rose Aviation, looking for old pics. I learned to fly at Rose in 1970, 48 years ago. I am still flying professionally today which is a true miracle...

I've wondered what happened to Jean, Rex, Art Olsen, Linda, Don Petersen, Claude Bennet (what a great guy!!). Hopefully someone will have some answers.


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I worked for Rose Aviation in 1960 to 1962 as a flight instructor. I attained all of my ratings from Jean and Rex and they were kind enough to give me a job. I went to work for Zantop in 1962 and was hired by Delta Airlines in 1963. I lost track of Jean and Rex but have been able to access Jeans past as a WASP during WWII. She was injured in a Piper Apache accident in about 1984 and later died of a blood clot as a result of her injuries. I can't find any reference of Rex. Ken Chirhart, kchirhart@ma.rr.com

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re: History Of Rose Aviation on Hawthorne Airport from 1963

They are in Salem Oregon

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History Of Rose Aviation on Hawthorne Airport from 1963 unti

Any body know the History of Rose Aviation and what happened to Jean and Rex Rose on Hawthorne Airport?

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Just north is the Beach Boys Monument

Two blocks north of the airport is the Beach Boys Monument. Leaving the Millionaire FBO at the east end of the airport, turn left (north) on Crenshaw, walk the half block to 120th St., cross it and turn left. Pass the freeway entrance ramp and turn right (north) on Kornblum Ave. The monument, on the site of the Beach Boys' childhood home, is two blocks up, where Kornblum ends at the freeway, 3701 W. 119th St., Hawthorne, CA.

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