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Thomson Burtis

Henry Thomson Burtis (1896–1971)[1] was an American writer.

Burtis was born in New York. After serving as a lieutenant in US Army Air Service and as a member of the aerial border patrol, Burtis worked as a newspaper reporter before becoming a writer.[2][3] He wrote more than two hundred stories for pulp magazines such as Adventure as well as over 20 novels, most of which had an aviation theme and were written for children.[3] Many of his stories appeared in The American Boy.[4][5] In Old Oklahoma was one of several films that were adapted from his short stories.[6]

Thomson Burtis died in Santa Monica, California, on April 24, 1971.


Russ Farrell series

  • Russ Farrell, Airman
  • Russ Farrell, Border Patrolman
  • Russ Farrell, Test Pilot (1925)
  • Russ Farrell, Circus Flyer
  • Russ Farrell, Over Mexico

Rex Lee series

  • Rex Lee, Gypsy Flyer
  • Rex Lee, On the Border Patrol (1928)
  • Rex Lee, Ranger of the Sky (1928)
  • Rex Lee, Sky Trailer (1929)
  • Rex Lee, Ace of the Airmail
  • Rex Lee, Night Flyer (1929)
  • Rex Lee's Mysterious Flight (1930)
  • Rex Lee, Rough Rider of the Air
  • Rex Lee, Aerial Acrobat
  • Rex Lee, Trialing Air Bandits (1931)

Air Combat Stories for Boys series

  • Daredevils of the Air (1932)
  • Four Aces (1932)
  • Wing for Wing (1932)
  • Flying Blackbirds

Individual novels

  • Haunted Airways
  • Straight Shooting
  • Flying Blood
  • New Guinea Gold (adapted into the movie Crosswinds (film))

Other works

  • Sisters of the Chorus (play)


  1. ^ "Authors : Burtis, Thomson : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia". Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America, Volume LVII: March 4, 1921-March 15, 1921, p 189.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Robert Kenneth. The Lure of Adventure. Starmont House,1989 ISBN 1-55742-143-9 (p.23)
  4. ^ Erisman, Fred, Boys' Books, Boys' Dreams, and the Mystique of Flight. Boys' Books, Boys' Dreams, and the Mystique of Flight. TCU Press, 2006. ISBN 0-87565-330-8 (pp. 88-92)
  5. ^[dead link]
  6. ^ "Thomson Burtis". IMDb. Retrieved November 9, 2017.

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