At the heart of the Great Depression, a trio of local young men
with a dream, who scraped together an amazing amount of
money and applied lots of hard work and creativity, made a
name for themselves and set an amazing record in Almond.
In May 1931, Clint Gillette, age 23, Paul Coleman, 28, and
DeVere Palmer, 24, experienced the culmination of their two
year project of building “something that would fly” and
achieved for Almond the distinction of being the home of the
smallest flying plane.
The little craft attracted nationwide attention when it was taken
on its maiden voyage and proved to be the “smallest, practical
airplane in the world,” according to published reports at the