Col. M. B. Asp Prominent
In Aviation World
Col. Asp was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant on June 20, 1920, at
Ellington Field, Texas; Captain July 1, 1932, at Maxwell Field,
Montgomery, Alabama; Major September 1, 1939 at Langley Field, VA, and to
Lieutenant Colonel on Feb. 1, 1941, at MacDill Field, Fla. On Jan.
5, 1942, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel while serving as
Commanding Officer, Army Air Base, Drew Field.
In 1925, while in Panama, the Colonel was involved in a collision in mid-air and was officially dead for fifteen minutes. The following year he was advance officer on a Pan Americana goodwill flight around South America.
Co. Asp, the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Asp of Sarasota, was born in Pueblo, Colorado, April 18, 1893. He came to Tampa to live in 1907.
Joining the United States Army at Minneapolis, Minnesota on the 18th of June, 1916, the Colonel was transferred to the Air Corps shortly afterward. Before entering the army he had attended the University of Minnesota. In 1938, he graduated from the Air Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Ala. An interesting bit of information regarding the Colonel is the fact that he designed the first successful light plane, the Asplane, which he flew from Ellington Field to Kelly Field, Texas, on its initial flight.
The Colonel's favorite hobbies are wood-working, boat building, fishing and motion picture photography. He is also an ardent circus fan.
From a 1998 Tampa Tribune