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Early Moisant Pilot- Aeronautical Engineer


Harold D. Kantner was born at Meadville, Pennsylvania February 23, 1886. Mechanically inclined he loved automobiles and did considerable race driving. He later became interested in aviation and joined the first class of students at the Moisant Flying School at Mineola, Long Island, New York in the spring of 1911.

There he learned to fly on a Moisant-Bleriot type monoplane from instructor Andre Houpert. Also in the same class were Harriet Quimby, T, H. Worden, Matilda Moisant, Captain George McKay, M. F. Bates and J. Seligman. Kantner obtained Pilot License No. 65, dated September 6, 1911, at Mineola on a Moisant monoplane with a 50 H.P. Gnome Rotary engine.

About this time Kantner made some test flights for W. L. Fairchild who had built a monoplane at Mineola embodying steel tube construction and using a 100 H.P. Emerson engine. Kantner made a number of test flights with this plane before having a smashup with it due to a serious engine power loss which caused him to hit a power line in attempting to land. The Moisant Company had a small factory at Winfield, Long Island and Kantner assisted there on the design and construction of planes. During the summer of 1911 they reportedly build a bi-

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