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Thomas pushier biplane with the financial assistance of his parents, and left on an exhibition flying tour in Pennsylvania and Ohio. After the exhibition season was over he returned to Ithaca where he was engaged by Thomas Brothers as an instructor and test pilot. The Thomas Company was developing several new planes at that time and Brock assisted in that work, making numerous flights over the city during late 1915 and the early months of 1916.

He remained with the company until July when he left to start a flying school in Springfield, Ohio, using his Thomas Plan. Evidently this venture was not a success, so he flew exhibitions in the mid-west until the fall when he organized a flying school with B.W. Beam at Celina, Ohio. Called the Beam School of Aviation, they advertised land and water instruction using Thomas Model E planes. That winter they trained from the ice of Lane Mercer and Monte Rolfe was added to the staff as an instructor.

Brock remained there until May, 1917 when he left to become an instructor for the Flint Aircraft Company, Flint, Michigan. Later that year he was a civilian instructor for the U.S. Signal Corps, Aviation Section, at Park Field, Millington, Tennessee. During 1918 he was transferred to Newport News, Virginia.

After leaving the service in December, 1918, Brock returned to the Beam School of Aviation at Celina, Ohio and there in May, 1919, he obtained Army and Navy Flying License No. 511. That spring he started barnstorming with a wing walker and parachute jumper, continuing through the summer season. Late that fall he was with the Kentucky Aeroplane and Supply Company of Louisville, Kentucky remaining for the winter.

In the spring of 1920, Brock started barnstorming again with wing walker Phil Ringel, and later teamed up with C.J. Faulker flying a second machine to develop a plane changing act by Ringel.

These operations continued in 1921, then in 1922 brock and Falker started dropping fireworks that exploded in mid-air after release. While doing this at Denver, Colorado, the explosion occurred prematurely, parts of Brock's plane were blown off and he lost some of his clothing, but landed and disabled plane without crashing.

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