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HENRY [[strikethrough]] K. [[/strikethrough]] Kent CROWELL 
Early Wright Aviator


Henry K. Crowell was born in New York City June 26, 1890. Mechanically inclined, he became interested in flying during the 1910-1911 era while living in Ashville, North Carolina. [[strikethrough]] As a result [[/strikethrough]] He arranged to take flying instruction for George Beatty in 1913. Beatty had started flying a Wright biplane at College Park, Maryland in April, [[strikethrough]] 1913. The plane [[/strikethrough]]of that year. It was equipped with a 7-cylinder 50 h.p. Gyro engine. [[strikethrough]] which was used in carrying passengers and instructing. [[/strikethrough]]

Crowell [[strikethrough]] started [[/strikethrough]] began flying lessons with Beatty [[strikethrough]]there [[/strikethrough]] at College Park about May 1st and flew [[strikethrough]] his [[/strikethrough]] the tests required for a license on June 6th, using Beatty's machine. [[strikethrough]] and [[/strikethrough]]  The judges of his tests were Oscar Brindley and Lt. H. H. Arnold. Crowell was granted F.A.I. Certificate No. 239. [[strikethrough]] then announced that he was [[/strikethrough]]He returned to Asheville and intended to continue flying [[strikethrough]] practice [[/strikethrough]] as soon as he could secure an [[strikethrough]] plane [[/strikethrough]] airplane.

During the winter months of 1914-1915 Crowell joined Charles L. Wiggin to form a passenger-carrying and [[strikethrough]] flying school [[/strikethrough]] flight instruction venture at Jacksonville, Florida. They were using Wiggin's Wright biplane, and Crowell was assistant instructor. [[strikethrough]] and . The operations were based [[/strikethrough]] At nearby Atlantic Beach [[strikethrough]] and [[/strikethrough] they had a resort guest passenger carrying business with a beach hotel. In mid-March Crowell and Wiggin [[strikethrough]] made a flight to [[/strikethrough]] were taking aerial [[strikethrough]] view [[/strikethrough]] photographs of the hotel when the elevator [[strikethrough]] control [[/strikethrough]]


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