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Early Bleriot Monoplane Pilot


John Domenjoz was born in Geneva, Switzerland, April 5, 1886. Information is lacking concerning his early life and education, but he learned to fly at the Bleriot Flying School at Pau, France, in 1910.

He continued his flying practice and soon was made an instructor at the Bleriot School, where he reportedly remained for two years. During that time he claimed to have taught the famed French aviator Pegoud, who later became the first man in the world to execute the loop. While there Domenjoz obtained Belgian F.A.I. Flying License No. 33.

Leaving Bleriot, Domenjoz started flying exhibitions and after showing in many major cities of Europe he went to South America where he toured extensively and became a very noteworthy acrobatic pilot, skilled in all the usual exhibition stunts and extended inverted flight. In April, 1915 he executed 40 loops in 28 minutes.

From South America he came to the United States and arrived in New York on September 28th, 1915 with his 50 Gnome-Bleriot monoplane. There he made arrangements for G. J. Kluyskens to be his booking agent for exhibition engagements. Kluyskens was the American Bleriot agent at that time and also had the agency for Gnome and Anzani aircraft engines and spare parts, with an office at 112 

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