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Gibson City, along with Frank Kastory, one of his Cicero colleagues, who flew a P.L.V. two-seater biplane. In June, 1916, he became Assistant Instructor at the Wright Flying School at Hempstead Plains, Long Island, New York. His former instructor, Howard Rinehart, was in charge of the school and it was a pleasant assignment for Day. All went well until one morning in July when a wingwarping wire broke and he sideslipped in, fracturing his right wrist. Soon after graduating from college in 1917 Day began flying Jennies at Chanute Field. After two months as an instructor at Scott Field that fall he joined the Air Service. He was commissioned and received his Reserve Military Aviator (R.M.A.) wings in 1918. On August 14th, while in the Service, he also received Expert License No. 187. In 1925 Day was a member of the Escadrille Cherifienne during the Riff War in Morocco. Returning to the United States he quit flying and entered the hotel business. During the latter part of World War II he worked in the Operations Department of Eastern Airlines at LaGuardia Field, New York, and Savannah, Georgia. He retired, to live in Elkhart, Indiana, and died in 1972. Flying Pioneer Curtiss Day devoted the major part of his early life to aviation and contributed toward its development and acceptance at a time when it was looked upon as a crazy sport. History will record that he was a member of that exclusive group of so-called "birdmen" who carved out the beginning of the modern air travel facilities the world enjoys today. A member of the Early Birds. Curtiss La Q Day's name appears on the Wright Memorial Plaque in Dayton along with the others who learned to fly there on airplanes built by the Wright Brothers. This biography was written directly after a personal interview with Curtiss Day who also provided the photograph.
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