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Alfred W. Lawson 
Aircraft Magazine Publisher - Aviator - Plane Manufacturer 

Alfred W. Lawson was born in London England March 24th, 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 did the Chautauqua circuit.

As a promoter he skipped the automobile era but leaped into aviation with zest, and started pushing the early aviation magazine "FLY" at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in November 1908, the second such magazine in the United States. Once in the business he started publishing another aviation magazine "AIRCRAFT" in New York in March 1910. Reportedly Lawson coined the word "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 of the Sloane Flying School at 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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