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Cronies to Honor LI Pioneer Flier

Brentwood - A 73-year-old Long Island economics professor, who blazed his name across the skies of Europe and America during aviation's pioneer days, will be honored by his former cronies tonight on the 50th anniversary of his first solo flight.

The reunion between Dr. Paul Studenski of 33 Washington Ave. and his fellow fliers will be held, appropriately enough, at Roosevelt field, scene of many United States aviation firsts. Studenski will receive a bronze plaque at the dinner to commemorate his 1910 solo.

Studenski, one of the first 300 pilots to be licensed in the world, said his first flight was almost his last. "Louis Bleriot, my teacher, gave me a 25-HP plane and advised me to run it in a straight line on the ground until I got the feel of it," he said last night. "After smashing up a couple of machines, I did get the feel of it."

Then a medical student in Paris, he left school to pilot monoplanes in Paris and America for four years - barnstorming, racing, teaching and pioneering mail runs. In 1914, he gave up professional flying and returned to school. He became a recognized authority on public finance and served for 27 years as a member of the New York University faculty. He retired in 1954.
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