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171 SHAKIR S. JERWAN Early Moisant Monoplane Pilot Shakir S. Jerwan was born in Beirut, Syria, February 16, 1881. Information is lacking concerning his early life and education, but he entered the United States in 1904 and became an American citizen in 1910. His interest in aviation led him to join the Moisant School of Aviation [[strikethrough]] of [[/strikethrough]] in 1911. He was taught to fly a Moisant-Bleriot monoplane with a 35 h.p. Anzani engine, at Garden City, Long Island, New York, by Moisant instructor Andre Houpert. Jerwan had a minor smashup June 1st on a practice hop, due to improper control. After completing his instruction he obtained F.A.I. Certificate No. 54, dated August 30, 1911. He continued his practice with the Moisant Company through 1911 and in December lectured on flying for a course in aviation at the New York Young Men's Christian Assoication [[Association]]. In May, 1912, Jerwan was made Chief Instructor of the Moisant School for the season and taught several students that year. In January, 1913, the school was moved to Augusta, Georgia, for the winter months and Jerwan was trained as instructor. There he was assisted by Moisant pilot George Arnold, where they had a class of ten students and used five planes. Daily flying also included demonstration flights before United States Government military officers. In March, while in Augusta, Jerwan dropped a letter from his plan to President Taft, who was staying at an Augusta hotel. He remained with the Moisant Company through 1914, then from 1915 to 1919 was Director of Military Aviation for the Guatemala Government. After returning to the United States he gave up flying and went into the hotel business, ultimately owning and managing the Cornwall Inn of Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, New York. Later he was associated with the Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and reportedly passed away in 1942, at age 61. Shakir S. Jerwan was a member of the Early Birds, Aircraft Owners' and Pilot's Association, and the National Aeronautic Association.
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