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Burnelli                                                                      2


Aircraft Magazine Publisher - Aviator -  Plane Manufacturer


Alfred W. Lawson was born in London, England March 24, 1869. Information is lacking concerning his early life, education, and when he came to America. 

In 1890 Lawson was a professional baseball player. Then he became an Evangelist and lecturer and [[strikethrough]] did [[/strikethrough]] toured the Chautauqua circuit.

As a promoter he skipped the pioneer automobile era but [[strikethrough]] leaped into [[/strikethrough]] entered into aviation with [[strikethrough]] zest, and [[/strikethrough]] enthusiasm. He started publishing the [[strikethrough]] early [[/strikethrough]] aviation magazine [[strikethrough]] "FLY" [[/strikethrough]] "Fly" at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in November 1908, the second [[strikethrough]] such [[/strikethrough]] aeronautical magazine in the United States. [[strikethrough]] Once in the business [[/strikethrough]] Soon he started publishing another aviation magazine [[strikethrough]] "AIRCRAFT" [[/strikethrough]] "Aircraft" in New York in March 1910. Reportedly Lawson coined the word [[strikethrough]] AIRCRAFT [[/strikethrough]] "aircraft" and had it copyrighted. 

Lawson continued his publications until the World War I period and during that time was one of the founder members of the Aeronautical Manufacturers Association in New York on April 29, 1911. 

In the fall of 1912 he was a student [[strikethrough]] of [[/strikethrough]] at the Sloane Flying School [[strikethrough]] at [[/strikethrough]], Garden City, Long Island, New York, and received some dual flying instruction on a Sloane-Deperdussin monoplane from instructor Guy Gilpatrick.

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