Film Star, Musician and World War II Pilot
America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy
Born in Tioga, Texas, Orvon G. “Gene” Autry was America’s favorite singing cowboy and western film star. A barnstorming flight enthusiast, Autry traveled to many of his performances in his twin-engine Lockheed 10 aircraft. During World War II, he qualified to fly 16 different Army Air Force aircraft and flew the hazardous supply route over the Himalayas known as “the Hump.” Throughout this time, he also entertained at military shows and volunteered at bond rallies and recruiting drives.