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Early Wright Instructor, Test and Exhibition Pilot


Arch Freeman was from Flushing, Long Island, New York, and had been in vaudeville before entering aviation. 

As a house guest [[crossed out]] ,he [[/crossed out]] of Robert J. Collier, Freeman was a passenger on several flights made by Al Welsh and O. G. Simmons at a private flying exhibition given at "REST HILL", the Collier country estate [[crossed out]] of Robert Collier [[/crossed out]] at Wickatunk, New Jersey, on October 14th to 16th, 1911. As a result he became interested in flying and started instructions at the Wright School at Nassau Boulevard, Long Island, in late October. He was taught by Al Welsh, Wright Company instructor, and obtained Pilot License No. 83, dated January 10, 1912, at Dayton, Ohio on a Wright.

He started flying for Harry Atwood in Boston during the early spring of 1912, and on May 20 made an extended flight over Boston Harbor, circling Fort Heath, the battleships "Rhode Island" and "New Jersey" at anchor, and dropped [[crossed out]] toy [[/crossed out]] imitation bombs during a military demonstration.

During the spring and early summer months Freeman was an assistant instructor at the Clayton and Craig Flying School, working with the Chief Instructor Harry N. Atwood, also flying exhibitions occasionally [[crossed ot]] at [/crossed out]] in New England [[crossed out]] points [/crossed out]]. [[crossed out]] That fall [[/crossed out]] On october 2 at Newzrk, Ohio he began to fly [[crossed out]] in [[/crossed out]] exhibitions on his own, [[crossed out]] flying at Newark, Ohio, on October 2d [[/crossed out]] and carrying passengers. October 11th he flew at Suffolk, Virginia, then later in the month made daily flights [[crossed out]] as an attraction [[/crossed out]] at Riverview Park, Louisville, Kentucky, carrying passengers.
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