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Early Burgess-Wright Pilot - Instructor


Phillips Ward Page was born in Boston, Massachusetts November, 28, 1885. He was a graduate of Harvard in 1909 and a newspaper reporter before becoming interested in aviation. During the spring of 1911, as Aviation Editor of the Boston Herald, he was a passenger on several flights around Boston and vicinity with Harry H. Atwood. June 11, 1911 he was one of four men to form the Aero Club of Boston, serving as Secretary.

As a result of his new aviation interests Page joined the Wright Flying School at Dayton, Ohio in July, with Leonard W. Bonney as his instructor. He completed the course there but did not solo at that time. Returning to Boston he tried to get a plane at the Burgess School to solo and continue his practice, but was told one would not be available until after the Boston and Nassau Boulevard Flying Meets. About October 1st, following the Nassau Meet, the Burgess Company assigned a Burgess-Wright Model "F" plane there to Page and Clifford Webster for their use, and on October 3rd both men made their first solo flights. Continuing his practice at Nassau Page obtained pilot license No. 68 on October 25th, 1911. During November he started carrying passengers and flying exhibitions on week ends, flying around New York and vicinity. Late in


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