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On May 22, 1915, Fay and Burnside made flights at Ithaca during a Sport's Day Celebration, flying over ball games and the Harvard-Cornell boat races on Lake Cayuga. Fay also made photos from the air. The school was very active that summer training many Canadians who later went into active flight service during World War I.
Fay remained at Thomas Brothers until October, 1915, when he left for Europe. After a short sojourn in England he went to Italy where he became a instructor of Italian Naval Aviators for the Italian Ministry of Marine at Taranto. Also instructing there were American aviators J. Lansing Call and Harold Kantnot.
Fay was there about one year and upon his return to the United States enlisted as a United States Naval Aviator at Miami, Florida, obtaining Naval License No. 614.
He remained in the service through World War I, then in 1919 engaged in the drug business in New York City through 1923. He became sport's editor for the St. Petersburg newspaper "Independent," until 1926. In 1927-1928 Fay raised dogs professionally and had a kennel of greyhounds.
In 1929-1933 he was sales manager for a wine and liquor firm and this led him into the manufacture of bar accessories and supplies.
Fay later moved to San Francisco September 29, 1961, at age 71. He was survived by his wife and one son. Burial was in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California. He was a lifelong member of the Elks and the United States Naval Aviation Reserves. He was not an F.A.I. Licensed Pilot.
Flying Pioneer - Early Bird Charles Fay was one of the small group of Thomas Brothers student aviators who continued in the company employment for some time assisted in their overall aviation accomplishments. He is also remembered as an active instructor, contributing toward aviation progress.
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