Orville's Aviators: Outstanding Alumni of the Wright Flying School, 1910-1916

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The six pioneers profiled here were promising graduates of the Wright Brothers' School of Aviation, which flourished in Ohio from 1910 to 1916. These airmen fairly represent their 113 fellow alumni in their all-consuming love of flying.

The pilots are Arthur L. Welsh, a Russian immigrant who rose to become Orville Wright's chief instructor; Howard Warfield Gill, heir to an international tea dynasty; Archibald Freeman, whose flour-bag bombing of Boston Harbor won him attention ...

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About the Book The six pioneers profiled here were promising graduates of the Wright Brothers’ School of Aviation, which flourished in Ohio from 1910 to 1916. These airmen fairly ... represent their 113 fellow alumni in their all-consuming love of flying. The pilots are Arthur L. Welsh, a Russian immigrant who rose to become Orville Wright’s chief instructor; Howard Warfield Gill, heir to an international tea dynasty; Archibald Freeman, whose flour-bag bombing of Boston Harbor won him attention as an early exponent of the supremacy of air power; Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, whose promise as a pilot quickly soured; George A. Gray, whose marriage resulted in an extraordinary husband and wife exhibition team; and Howard Max Rinehart, aerial mercenary, international racing competitor, Wright test pilot, South American explorer, and co-owner of one of America’s premier charter services. Read more Show Less

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Overview

The six pioneers profiled here were promising graduates of the Wright Brothers' School of Aviation, which flourished in Ohio from 1910 to 1916. These airmen fairly represent their 113 fellow alumni in their all-consuming love of flying.

The pilots are Arthur L. Welsh, a Russian immigrant who rose to become Orville Wright's chief instructor; Howard Warfield Gill, heir to an international tea dynasty; Archibald Freeman, whose flour-bag bombing of Boston Harbor won him attention as an early exponent of the supremacy of air power; Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, whose promise as a pilot quickly soured; George A. Gray, whose marriage resulted in an extraordinary husband and wife exhibition team; and Howard Max Rinehart, aerial mercenary, international racing competitor, Wright test pilot, South American explorer, and co-owner of one of America's premier charter services.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
well-illustrated...a good picture of the accomplishments of aviators during this time. Recommended
Aviation History
Anyone interested in the early era of flight will be pleased with this volume...deals with subject matter that has received scant attention.
Aeroplane
Excellent...interesting...the author has gone to great lengths to make his accounts as complete as possible. There are lots of good flying stories and narrow escapes and the coverage of the subjects' private lives is also thorough.
Phi Kappa Phi FORUM
Fills an oft overlooked niche in aviation history with clarity and insight...solid research.
Over the Front: The League of World War One Aviation Historians
An enjoyable read that will add to your knowledge of America's pre-war aerial efforts. Recommended.
The Wofford Bookshelf
Follows the lives of six of the 113 graduates of a flying school in Dayton, Ohio, opened by the Wright Brothers in the early days of aviation...[the author is] a skilled practitioner of the art of collective biography.
Air Power History
interesting...a solid job...well-researched...enlightening...tables are very useful...an outstanding look into the very early years of aviation...detailed research...this book is definitely worth reading for both pleasure and learning
Midwest Book Review
Fascinating...informed and informative, deftly written and superbly documented...a seminal work of superb scholarship and highly recommended.
Library Journal
The Wright Brothers may have first taken to the air in North Carolina, but it was in their home state of Ohio that Orville Wright oversaw the brothers' pioneering School of Aviation (1910–16), where they trained over 100 men. (Wilbur focused more on defending patent rights.) Edwards (former university archivist, Univ. of Georgia) presents the stories of six alumni: Arthur L. Welsh, who flourished both as flight instructor and promoter; Howard W. Gill, pilot and aviation promoter; Archibald Freeman, who went on to focus on strategic bombing; amateur flyer Grover C. Bergdoll; George Alphonso Gray, exhibition flyer, test pilot, and instructor; and the intrepid Howard Max Rinehart. After an introduction setting the school in context (and describing the three women flyers also affiliated with the program), Edwards devotes a chapter to each pilot, tracing their full lives with their school experience at the center. VERDICT Edwards's research, based on meticulous study of primary sources, marks him as very much an expert on early aviation. His book, with archival photographs, will be most valued by serious aviation history buffs (who may regret his failure to footnote sources, although there is an extensive bibliography). There will also be general readers who'll appreciate this view into the magic early years of aviation. [The author is a longtime LJ reviewer in history.—Ed.]—Richard Fraser, M.S.L.I.S., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786442270
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Pages: 195
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carver Edwards served as university archivist at the University of Georgia before retiring in 2000 as special projects archivist. He has authored dozens of historical articles, scores of book reviews, and three previous books: Patriots in Pinstripe: Men of the National Security League (1981), Berlin Calling: American Broadcasters in Service to the Third Reich (1991) and Airmen without Portfolio: U.S. Mercenaries in Civil War Spain (1997). He is a book reviewer for Library Journal.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1 Arthur L. Welsh: The Wrights' Peerless Salesman of Flight 15

2 Howard Gill: Baltimore's Privileged Birdman 41

3 Arch Freeman: Pioneer Flying's Man Friday 61

4 Grover Bergdoll: Early Aviation's Loose Cannon 75

5 George Gray: Flying the Resort Circuit 95

6 Howard Rinehart: Orville's Favorite 123

Epilogue 157

Appendix A Wright Timeline 163

Appendix B Wright Aircraft 167

Appendix C Students of the Wright Flying School 172

Bibliography 175

Index 187

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