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[[stamped]] FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE [[/stamped]] LEONARD WARDEN BONNEY Early Pioneer Aviator [[image]] Born December 4, 1886 at Wellington, Ohio. Became interested in flying in 1908-1909 following the first public demonstrations of the Wrights and reportedly built an airplane and made some brief flights in it at Upper Sandusky, Ohio, in November, 1909. He was then engaged in the Hotel Business. In the Spring of 1911 he enrolled for flight instruction at the Wright School, Dayton, Ohio. His instruction started there on March 11, in the same class with Oscar Brindley, Howard Gill, Harry Atwood, Cal Rodgers and Aray Lts. H. H. Arnold, T. D. Willing and Naval Lt. John Rodgers. He was taught by Cliff Turpin and Al Welch, both of whom were instructing at that time. He obtained Pilot License No. 47, dated August 3, 1911 at Simms Station flying field, on a Wright machine. Following his graduation he joined the Wright Exhibition Flying Team and began to fill exhibition engagements. He flew at the famed Chicago Meet August 12-20 and at various points in the Southern states. On October 14, 1911 he was released from the Wright Team and joined the William "Jim" Gabriel Aviators of St. Louis, Mo. This firm was known as The Mercurial Airplane and Entertainment Co. Flying for them, he appeared at several cities in the Midwest and Southern states. On October 19th he made a record for quick starting at Tulsa, Okla. getting off in 48 feet. In the Spring of 1912 he joined the T. S. Berger "Aviators" Team of Exhibition Flyers. July, 1912 he joined the Sloan School at Hempstead, L.I. where he took some instruction on monoplanes under Geo. M. Doytt, following which he was booked for exhibition engagements by the Sloan Co., and at the same times was made one of their flight instructors on imported Deperdussin monoplanes with French Ansani Engines. During the remaining summer and fall months of 1912 he appeared at points throughout the New England States and around New York. In later November the Sloan School moved to Los Angeles for the winter months, where he continued as instructor, did passenger carrying and made several notable cross-country flights, one of which 5
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