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FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE DUCAL LaChapelle Early Wright Pilot - Mechanic - Engineer [[image]] Duval LaChapelle was born at Detroit, Michigan, May 28, 1870 of French Parentage. No information has been found regarding his early life and education, but he became a very proficient mechanic and worked in Detroit during the early development [[crossed out]] period [[/crossed out]] of the automobile industry. During this period he [[crossed out]] evidently [[/crossed out]] went to France and was engaged in similar work there. When Wilbur Wright went to France in May, 1903 to make his first [[crossed out]] celebrated [[/crossed out]] public flights at La Mans he required some machine shop work done and was given assistance by Leon Bollee, an automobile manufacturer who had a small factory [[crossed out]] location [[/crossed out]] there. LaChapelle was working for Bollee and became acquainted with Wilbur Wright [[crossed out]] at that time. Entirely on his own he set about helping [[/crossed out]] He helped Mr. Wright in every way possible during his stay at Le Lans. As a result LaChapelle [[crossed out]] later [[/crossed out]] returned to the United States and became an employee of the Wrights as a mechanic. When the first flying school was established at Simms Station in the early spring of 1910, LaChapelle was put in charge of [[crossed out]] the [[/crossed out]] maintenance of [[crossed out]] the [[/crossed out]] school machines. [[crossed out]] at the field shed [[/crossed out]] This also included teaching the students the importance and methods of daily inspection and care of the planes in use. La Chapelle [[crossed out]] There is evidence that he [[/crossed out]] was a very strict instructor. [[crossed out]] of his mechanical, ground course and really tutored the [[??]] with a firm hand [[/crossed out]] During these early training activities he [[crossed out]] too became most obsessed with the [[/crossed out]] very anxious to 1
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