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Near Rustburg in Campbell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Col. Vincent W. “Squeek” Burnett

 
 
Col. Vincent W. “Squeek” Burnett Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2013
1. Col. Vincent W. “Squeek” Burnett Marker
Inscription. Born in Lynchburg in 1913, Col. Vincent W. “Squeek” Burnett learned to fly at age 16. By the mid-1930s, he was one of America’s renowned aerobatic pilots and a member of the Flying Aces Air Circus. He performed such signature maneuvers as the Square Loop, Beer Bottle Loop, and Inverted Ribbon Cut. During World War II, Burnett served as technical advisor to Brig. Gen. James H. Doolittle and a demonstration pilot of the difficult to fly Martin B-26 Marauder bomber, nicknamed the “Widow-Maker.” He successfully taught pilots to fly the B-26, which played an important role in America’s World War II air effort. Burnett later retired to his nearby Lakemont farm and died in 1989.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-318.)
 
Location. 37° 18.372′ N, 79° 3.105′ W. Marker is near Rustburg, Virginia, in Campbell County. Marker is on Village Highway (Virginia Route 24), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. It is about half-way between Concord and Rustburg. Marker is in this post office area: Rustburg VA 24588, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of
Col. Vincent W. “Squeek” Burnett Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2013
2. Col. Vincent W. “Squeek” Burnett Marker
this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Rustburg (approx. 3.4 miles away); Oxford Furnace (approx. 4.9 miles away); Concord Depot (approx. 5.3 miles away); Appomattox County / Campbell County (approx. 5.3 miles away); Mount Athos (approx. 5.5 miles away); Lynchburg Defenses (approx. 6.5 miles away); Chestnut Hill (approx. 6.9 miles away); Buffalo Lick Plantation (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Vincent 'Squeak' Burnett: Daredevil Acrobat Goes to War. 2006 article by David Fortuna originally published in Aviation History magazine. “Suddenly, Burnett’s engine quit. He coolly began a slow climb. At 75 feet, he rolled the plane upright and began gliding toward the field, preparing for an emergency landing. But at that point the engine caught, then started running smoothly once more. Burnett quickly rounded the field and landed at the Chattanooga airport — to a roar of approval from the crowd, which assumed that it was all part of his trademark ‘inverted ribbon’ act.” (Submitted on April 6, 2013.) 
 
Additional keywords. Col. Vincent W. “Squeak” Burnett
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Lakemont Farm image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2013
3. Lakemont Farm
View from the marker.
U.S. Army Air Force Martin B-26 Marauder image. Click for full size.
By Charles E. Brown, 1944
4. U.S. Army Air Force Martin B-26 Marauder
Source: USAAF via Wikipedia Commons.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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