Bevo Howard founded Hawthorne School of Aviation in 1941 in Orangeburg, and he trained more than 6,000 pilots there. A World War II pilot, he was most famous for his aerobatic titles, including three aerobatic world championships and three international championships.
The first pilot to perform an outside loop in a light plane, his most famous feat was an Inverted Ribbon Pickup where he would fly upside down and grab a ribbon. At age 22, he became the youngest airline pilot. He established Hawthorne Aviation, a fixed base operation in Charleston and a multi-million dollar business.
The web has many pages devoted to this outstanding aviator, the best place to start is:http://www.bevhoward.com
This site is maintained by Bevo’s son and is highly recommended.
Bob Russell relates the TRUE details of Bevo’s last flight.