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Francisco Day, was equipped with a landing deck and arresting system to stop the plane. Subsequently he took off and returned to shore. Born near Iowa City, Iowa, he died in an airplane crash at Macon, Ga., on Oct. 19, 1911.

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (1890- ) is renowned for his skill as a combat pilot during World War I and for his capable direction and management of various aviation organizations, assisting immeasurably the vital growth of commercial aviation. Rickenbacker, a native of Columbus, O., was America's leading "ace" of World War I with 22 enemy planes and four balloons downed by his skill and marksmanship. For his bravery, he received a Congressional Medal of Honor. After the war, Rickenbacker became associated with several aircraft companies during their early development and assisted in the growth of several major air lines. During World War II, while on a special mission, his airplane was forced down in the Pacific ocean, and he and his companions spent three weeks in a life raft before being rescued.

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), honored for his research into principles of lift, propulsion and control, first became interested in aeronautics in the 1870's. He developed the tetrahedral cell in 1901 and in 1905 his "Frost King" kite, using the cell, lifted a man. In 1907 his "Cygnet" kite held a man aloft at a height of 168 feet for seven minutes. He helped form the Aerial Experiment Association in 1907 and later the Canadia Aerodrome company, both builders of airplanes. A native of Scotland, Bell worked for the establishment of a national aeronautical laboratory and also urged the establishment of an independent U.S. Air Force.

Alfred Austell Cunningham

Alfred Austell Cunningham (born 1882, deceased) was the first Marine aviator. Born in Atlanta, Ga., he accepted a commission in the Marine Corps in 1909, he became the first Marine officer to fly in 1912. In 1916 he became the first Marine officer to fly in land planes and he also made the first catapult-launched airplane take-off from a warship under way. Cunningham organized the Marine Aviation company in 1917, commanded the Marine Aeronautical company and later organized the irst Marine aviation force, all part and later organized the first Marine aviation force, all part the Marine Corps. After World War I he was officer-in-charge of Marine Aviation and later commander of the first Marine Air Squadron in Santo Domingo before his retirement in 1935. 

Albert Cushing Read

Albert Cushing Read (1887- ) commanded the first successful trans-Atlantic flight in May, 1919, in an NC-4 flying boat going from Trepassey, Nova Scotia, to Horta in the Azores and then to Lisbon, Portugal. In 1920 he served at Pensacola naval air station, commanded the USS Harding and served on the Aircraft Squadrons commander's staff. Later, Read, a native of Lyme, N. H., attended the Naval War college and his subsequent commands included Hampton Roads, Va., and Pensacola naval air stations, the USS Ajax and the USS Wright. During World War II, he was chief air technical training and later commander of air fleet at Norfolk. 

Thomas Etholen Selfridge

Thomas Etholen Selfridge (1882-1908) was a pioneer in flight testing and airplane design and became the first airplane fatality when he was killed in the Sept. 17, 1908, crash of a plane piloted by Orville Wright. A graduate of the military academy, Selfridge observed many of Alexander Graham Bell's experiment and made the 1907 seven-minute flight with a Bell-designed kite at a height of 168 feet. Born in San Francisco, he designed the Aerial Experiment association's "Red Wing" airplane and flew the association's second plane, "White Wing." He assisted in building other airplanes and, in August, 1908, served on a board testing the Army's first dirigible. 
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