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armada the sailors cheered and the vessels blew their whistles. He continued on to Long Beach then back to Dominguez Field where he landed for gas and rest, then took off and returned to his home field, a very wonderful flight for a student aviator. That week DeHart got in a good bit of flying and recieved considerable local publicity for his fine cross-country flight. In March, 1912, it was announced that DeHart would continue to fly with the Eaton's, filling exhibition dates and instructing at their school. On April 21st he obtained his F.A.I. pilot license No. 129 at the company field flying an Eaton Hall-Scott powered biplane. During December, 1911, DeHart had taught W.V. DeWitt and Tom Gunn to fly at the Eaton school. Although California-born, Gunn later became a renowned pioneer aviator and gained recognition at the first man in the world of Chinese an[[strikethrough]]h[[/strikethrough]]estry to become a licensed pilot. Gunn later organized and became head of the Chinese Air Force. Later that summer exhibition flying seemed to be in a slump so DeHart went to San Francisco, took a course in wireless telegraphy and became a wireless operator on board ship for the Marconi Company. After a year or so of this he went [[strikethrough]]o[[/strikethrough]] into the automobile business in San Jose, California. During this period he also conducted some early experiments with various telegraphy on airplanes. DeHart remained at San Jose until the start of World War I in 1917, when he served as a civilian flight instructor for a time at Rockwell Field, North Island, San Diego, California. He started as a Junior Instructor and later was promoted to Senior grade. He remained at Rockwell Field until about mid-1918 when the Government had an ample supply of pilots and was no longer interested in civilian instructors. DeHart left an enviable record, having logged 650 hours of instruction time without an accident. He then joined Otto Timm, another Rockwell Field instructor who had also left. They started to build a new training plane which they hoped would replace the Curtiss JN-4. This project was short lived.
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