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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, [[strikethrough]] he [[/strikethrough]] 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 [[strikethrough]] of Robert Collier [[/strikethrough]] at Wickatunk, New Jersey, on October 14 [[strikethrough]] th to [[/strikethrough]] -16 [[strikethrough]] th [[/strikethrough]], 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 [[strikethrough]] on [[/strikethrough]] flying 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 [[strikethrough]] toy [[/strikethrough]] 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 Chief Instructor Harry N. Atwood [[strikethrough]] also [[/strikethrough]] and occasionally flying exhibitions [[strikethrough]] at [[/strikethrough]] in New England. [[strikethrough]] points. That fall [[/strikethrough]]. On October 2, 1912 he began to fly [[strikethrough]] in [[/strikethrough]] at Newark, Ohio exhibitions on his own,[[strikethrough]] flying at Newark, Ohio, on October 2d [[/strikethrough]] and carry [[strikethrough]] ing [[/strikethrough]] passengers. October 11th he flew at Suffolk, Virginia, then later in the month made daily flights [[strikethrough]] as an attraction [[/strikethrough]] at Riverview Park, Louisville, Kentucky, carrying passengers.
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