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From the Flying Pioneers

Biographies of Harold E. Morehouse

Henry Kent Crowell 
Early Wright Aviator

[[image]] Henry Kent Crowell [[/image]]

Henry Kent 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 Asheville, North Carolina.  He arranged to take flying instruction from George Beatty in 1913.  Beatty had started flying a Wright biplane at College Park, Maryland, in April of that year.  It was equipped with a 7-cylinder 50 h.p. Gyro engine.  
Crowell began flying lessons with Beatty [[strikethrough]] at College Park [[/strikethrough]] about May first and flew the tests required for a license on June 6, using Beatty's machine.  The judges of his tests were Oscar Brindley and Lt. H.H. Arnold.  Crowell was granted F.A.I. Certificate No. 239.  He returned to Asheville and intended to continue flying as soon as he could secure an airplane.  
During the winter months of 1914-1915 Crowell joined Charles L. Wiggin to form a passenger-carrying and flight instruction venture at Jacksonville, Florida.  They were using Wiggin's Wright biplane and Crowell was assistant instructor.  At nearby Atlantic Beach they [[strikethrough]] had [[/strikethrough]] entered into a resort guest passenger-carrying