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12 JOHN D. COOPER. John was a teacher of the mechanical branch for army aviators at the Curtiss plant at Hammondsport. He flew the first Curtiss tractor the propeller geared down by a chain drive. He also instructed Russian navy officers at Sevastopole, Russia and Turkish officers at Constantinople, Turkey. Lt. JOHN H. TOWERS. A Rome, Ga. boy who was picked to be the first man with Lt. Ellison to become America's first naval aviators. He later became very expert on the flying boat, holding the American endurance record in a hydroplane six hours ten minutes and thirty-five seconds. He became the chief of naval aviators at Annapolis. HAROLD KANTNER. Tiring of fast automobile racing, he became a fine aviator at the Moisant school with a record of not one single breakage while learning to fly. He was a winner of the New York City aeroplane race. CAPT. GEORGE W. MACKEY. One of the first men connected with the National Guard in Michigan to become an aviator. He flew a Moisant Plane equipped with a French Gnome motor. PHILLIP WARD PAGE, Boston boy who quit the newspaper business to become an aviator. He became chief instructor for the Burgess Co. at Marblehead, Mass. He was quite a sensation when F. Rodman Law made a parachute drop from his plane from a height of twelve hundred feet. MAX LILLIE, who was a sailor bold from Karlskrona, Sweden. He soon learned to navigate a ship in a different realm, becoming one of the great instructors with the Wright machine. Max was kidded quite often about his short name, which was Maxamillian Theodore Lilyestand. ANTONY JANUS. Tony was quite an expert with gas engines which brought him in contact with air craft at the old College Park air field. He learned to fly in a Rex Smith biplane. He created quite a sensation when Capt.
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