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Pioneer Curtiss Exhibition Aviator

Baxter H. Adams was born at 
Henderson, Kentucky, July 16th,
1885. Information is lacking con-
cerning his early life and education 
but he entered aviation when he
joined the class for flying lessons 
at the Curtiss School at Hammonds-
port, New York in the late fall of
 1913. There he received some fly-
ing boat instructions from Francis
"Doc" Wildman before the school 
moved to California for the winter.
          Adams went west with the 
group and was a member of the 
first winter class at North
Island, San Diego, California, one of the 13 students. There T.C MacCauley was land plane instructor and Wildman taught on water planes. At North Island Adams took both land and some additional water instruction and flew his tests for pilot license on April 8th, receiving F.A.I. Certification No. 294, Dated April 29, 1914. 
        Adams continued flying practice and when the Curtiss group returned to Hammons-
sport for the summer months he was brought along and made one of the staff Curtiss employees. He filled various assignments  and some exhibition dates that season in
the east. On September 1st he flew an 0X-powered Model D Pusher Biplane from Hammondsport to Ithaca, New York to do some flying there, then returned. Later that fall he flew for his home town folks at Henderson, Kentucky November 5th to 7th.
        In the spring of 1915 he started on an exhibition tour of the mid-west, re-
portedly for the Curtiss Company. The latter part of April he again flew at 


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