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and Johnstone, and at that time Hoxsey gained national publicity when he took Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt for a ride. Welsh made a fine showing and was in the air a total of 16 hours, 13 minutes during the event. On October 11th he won the James A. Blair Cup when he established a new American endurance record of 3 hours, 11 minutes, covering 120 miles during the flight. After the meet Welsh reminded at Kinloch for a few days and obtained his F.A.I. pilot license, No. 23, dated October 23, 1910, to become the first licensed American aviator of Jewish faith. From St. Louis he went to New York to enter the 1910 Belmont Park Meet already in progress and flew in that event until October 31st. This was a large meet, and Wilbur and Orville Wright were there with Brookins, Hoxsey, Johnstone, Parmelee and Turpin. Six Curtiss pilots were also entered as a number of the leading aviators of Great Britain and France. This was a gals occasion and the Wright men put on a great show. Following the meet Welsh continued his flying activities at Dayton for the remainder of the season, and on December 24th took his sister, Mrs. Sidney Wiseman, for her first ride, undoubtedly the first lady passenger of Jewish faith to fly in the United States. The 1911 flying season was a very bust one for Welsh, and as the Wright School opened on April 1st he and Cliff Turpin were assigned as instructors. That year was great largest training period in the history of the school and they were kept very busy with a continuing line of students. Among some of their first that year were men whose names will forever be famous in the history of the school and they were kept very bust with a continuing line of students. Among sone of their first that year were men whose names will forever be famous in the history of early aviation - Lt. John Rodgers, U.S.N., Cal Rodgers, Albert Lambert, Lieutenants Arnold and Milling, Oscar Brindley, Harry Atwood, Howard Gill and Andrew Drew. On every available flying day the Simms station training camp was a continuous aviation meet from early morning until dark, with new students up with instructors and the more advanced men practicing short flights, landings, and take-offs. Lieutenants H. H. Arnold and T. D. Milling arrived at the school in late April. Arnold was assigned there from the 23rd Infantry Division, and Welsh taught him to fly, starting May 3d [[3rd]]. His instruction was completed on May 13th after 28 lessons, with 3 hours, 48 minutes total flying time. Turpin taught Milling during the same period. Lt. Arnold remained a 4
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