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Philip D. Rader
Pioneer Aviator-Instructor-Test Pilot

Information is lacking concerning the date and place of birth, education, and early life, but Philip Radar first became well known as a sporting page cartoonist on a San Francisco, California, newspaper and this led to news reporting. 

During 1914 he went to Europe and enlisted in the Foreign Legion and in addition continued as a cartoonist and war correspondent, syndicating his work in the Chicago Daily News and other American newspapers. Rader soon transferred the the Royal Flying Corps in England where he to fly. Following this he became a Zeppelin Strafer stationed in South Farnborough, England. During this period he was commissioned Lieutenant, then later was transferred to the French front, still flying for Great Britain.  after several months in France he was sent home to assist the American aviation program.  While in Europe he reportedly made over 2,00 flights without an accident.

He left France on June 7,1916 and upon arrival in the United States first went to San Francisco to see his wife and one child, who resided there.  After a visit at home he returned east and was assigned to supervising the shipment of several planes to Columbus, New Mexico, to be used in government service.  July 1 he became and instructor at the Curtiss flying school at Buffalo, New York
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