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Early American Bleriot Pilot - Plane Manufacturer

  Frederick C. Hild was born in Brooklyn, New York, June 11, 1890, attended schools there, and at age 20 was an architectural draftsman.
  He apparently became interested in aviation during the first public demonstrations and air meets held in the New York area in 1910.  He had an opportunity to take measurement of Earl Ovington's French-built Bleriot monoplane and made a set of drawings of this famous early plane.  Hild then rented a booth at the New York Aero Show, held at Grand Central Place from December 31, 1910, to January 7, 1911, and offered these drawings for sale at $10 a set, under the name of the American Airplane Supply House, Garden City, Long Island.  The response was such that Hild and his brother-in-law, Edward F. Marshonet, entered into a partnership to manufacture parts and supplies for those who had purchased drawings, to become one of the very first aeronautical supply houses in the country.  They had a similar booth and exhibit at the Boston Aero Show February 20-25, 1911.  Advertising go their products was started in various aviation magazines and they began to exhibit them wherever possible, soon recieving general recognition for the use of first class-materials and excellent workmanship.
  This encouraged them to build a complete Bleriot plane, a single-seater with a 4-cylinder, 50-horsepower Roberts engine.  The plane was completed in June, 1911, and sold to William Haupt of Philadelphia, who on his first test hop made a twelve-minute flight at Mineola, Long Island, on June 30, 1911.  Haupt was a former automobile race driver who had previously learned to fly on the Wanamaker-owned Bleriot.  Haupt was so pleased with this new plane he shipped it to Altoona, Pennsylvania, at once for an exhibition engagement there.
  While building this first monoplane Hild and Marshonet started to build
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