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Arch Freeman
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 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 at Wickatunk, New Jersey, on October 14-16, 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, flying on a Wright plane.

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

During the spring and early summer months Freeman was as [an] assistant instructor at the Clayton and Craig Flying School, working with Chief Instructor Harry N. Atwood, and occasionally flying exhibitions in New England. On October 2, 1912, at Newark, Ohio, he began to fly exhibitions on his own, and carry passengers. October 11th he flew at Suffolk, Virginia, then later in the month made daily flights at Riverview Park, Louisville, Kentucky, carrying passengers.

In 1916 he became associated with Howard Rinehart in a private aviation enterprise, owned by E. A. Deeds and C.F. Kettering on the site which later became McCook Field, near Dayton, Ohio. There he assisted in the training of a number of students, including many Canadians sent there under contract with the United States Government.

When the Dayton-Wright Company was formed in April, 1917, he became a member of their staff of pilots to do test, demonstration and acceptance flying on World War I planes. During that year he did a considerable amount of flying at the various Government
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