Macready, John Arthur

Macready, John Arthur

(1887–1979) aviator; born in San Diego, Calif. A Stanford graduate, he became the first pilot to demonstrate the potential of crop dusting (1922) and went on to set early altitude, endurance, and distant records. He authored one of the first private pilot training manuals, directed the Shell Oil Company's aviation department, and was a cattle rancher and property developer in California.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.