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1-5 interest in aviation, & when Wilbur & Orville were giving flight instruction to U.S. Army officers at College Park, Maryland, in the fall of 1909, Mrs. Van Deman often went with her husband, a U.S. Army captain, to watch the flights. One day in October they arrive some time before the flights were to begin, so Wilbur Wright took Mrs. Van Deman for a short ride. At the end of the flight, Capt. Van Deman expressed his gratitude: "I want to thank you, Mr. Wright. Now it will be possible for me to keep peace in our family. In June 1911 the "Detroit Free Press" carried lengthy accounts of an air meet which was being held at the Detroit Country Club. Frank Coffyn, a
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