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George M. Dyott

Early Long Island Monoplane Pilot

George M. Dyott was born in New York City, February 6, 1883. Information is lacking about his education and early life, but reportedly he was a graduate enigineer.

His first interest in aviation must have developed at an early date, for when Dr. Henry Walden described his monoplane in aviation magazines in late 1910 it was associated with the Walden-Dyott Company. The two men had formed that organization to build planes, operating in a shed at Mineola, Long Island, New York. It is reported that Dyott was flying their plane to some extent at that time, probably previous instruction.

The machine was exhibited at the Automobile Show in Grand Central Palace, New York in January, 1911. At that time both men had been flying it. The partnership was apparently dissolved when Dyott bought Walden's interest in the plane in March, 1911, because it was advertised for sale by the Dyott Company, 50 Church Street, New York, in April.

To improve his ability as a pilot, Dyott went to England, where he became a student at the Bleriot School at Hendon Aerodome in early June. There he obtained British F.A.I. License No. 114 on August 17, 1911, and became a member of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.

Captain Patrick Hamilton was in the same class with Dyott at Hendon and they became close friends, graduating together. After obtaining their licenses they went to France and each bought a Deperdussin 2-plane monoplane, powered by a 6-cylinder, 50-60 h.p. Anzani engine. They proposed to tour the United States and Mexico. Arriving in the United States in mid-September, 1911, they started flying at the Nassau Boulevard field on Long Island. These were the first "Dep" machines seen in this country, and they created much interest. Dyott flew as a contestant in the Nassau Boulevard International Air Meet September 24th and 30th, and Dyott and Captain Hamilton flew actively at Nassau through October. During that month Dyott
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