Basil B. Smith and the Student Prince

Student Prince fans, rejoice! The Oregon Aviation Historical Society will be inducting Basil B. Smith, designer of the Student Prince, into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame on April 9, 2016.  Smith designed the aircraft while working at the Adcox Automotive and Aviation Trade School in Portland in the late 1920s.  The Student Prince was Oregon’s first production aircraft: three were produced and certificated before the stock market crash in 1929, and three additional were built from the jigs of the original construction (and hence were not certificated).  The header image is of Student Prince #103 (sorry for the slight blurriness).  This aircraft is currently owned and flown by Summer Martell.  The other two “official” Student Prince aircraft are #101, owned by Tim Talen, and #102, owned by Ed Carlson.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 1:00 at the Village Green in Cottage Grove.  Capt. Smith’s sole surviving child will be traveling from Arizona for the event and we’d love to have a big turnout.   Lunch is $23 per person and you can use PayPal to reserve your spot: just go to the About Us page and click on the PayPal button.  In the “Notes” section tell us who the reservations are for so we can make name tags for you.  If you have any questions please contact DJ at, or use the contact form on the Contact Us page.

Below is a photo of Student Prince #102, owned at the time by Don Wray.

Wray Student Prince

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