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Oliver Parks

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Oliver L. "Lafe" Parks (June 10, 1899 - February 28, 1985) was a pioneer in the fields of pilot training and aviation studies in the early decades of aviation. Career Parks' career started as a Chevrolet salesman at the Gravois Motor corporation in St. Louis. He learned to fly in 1926. Combining his sales and piloting skills, Parks flew a Standard J with the Gravois Motor logo painted on the fuselage and wings. A friend of Charles Lindbergh, Parks founded the Parks Air College at Lambert Field, St Louis, in 1927 and quickly established higher standards for the amount and quality of training that student pilots were required to complete to earn their commercial pilot's certification. In the late 1930s, with war brewing again in Europe, Parks convinced the United States Army Air Corps that the training program at his college could adequately prepare military pilots for combat missions. In October 1938, General Hap Arnold asked the top three aviation school representatives -
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