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AL L. WELSH, first Wright instructor to be killed in a government weight carrying test; he also was the instructor who taugh Gen. Happ Arnold to fly.

CAPT. J. J. FRISBIE, a parachute jumper and balloonest who became a great aviator, he was known as the Simon Pure Irsh [[sic]] Man.

PHIL O. PARMELEE, FAMOUS EARLY Wright aviator who with James Hare made the first aerial photograph over Mexico. He held the world's weight carrying record - four hundred and fifty-eight pounds.

FRANK T. COFFYN. Frank was one of the team of five to be taught to fly by Orville Wright; he startled New Yorkers by flying under the Brooklyn Bridge. Frank later became a very good hydroplane pilot.

LINCOLN BEACHEY - one of the greatest. First man to fly under Niagara Falls Bridge, and to fly down the gourge. One of the greatest stunt flyers, spirals, figure eights, barrel rolls. He could make his ship do everything in the air. A lady said, "I don't see how he got such a reputation - why, he can't even fly straight". He also held the world's altitude record eleven thousand six hundred and forty-eight feet.

Lt. T. G. ELLYSON, one of the first United States Navy men assigned to learn to fly; first man to be hurled in a biplane by a Catapult, first man to fly a hydroplane from a cable suspended in the air. Ellyson flew for years without mishap, yet fell down the stairway at the Washington Union Station, so injuring himself that he sued for ten thousand dollars.

Lt. H.H. ARNOLD, won the first award of the Makey Trophy Emblematic of the years outstanding aeronautical achievement. He flew with Orville Wright the first cross-country flight from Ft. Myers to Alexandria, W. Va. and back, ten miles. Twenty-three years after he again won the trophy for his leadership of the Air Corps flight to Alaska and back.
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