Outstanding Alumni of the Wright Flying School, 1910–1916
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.
About the Author(s)
John Carver Edwards
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 49 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
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
Appendix A: Wright Timeline 163
Appendix B: Wright Aircraft 167
Appendix C: Students of the Wright Flying School 172
Book Reviews & Awards
“Edward’s research, based on meticulous study of primary sources, marks him as very much an expert on early aviation…will be most valued by serious aviation history buffs”—Library Journal; “well-illustrated…a good picture of the accomplishments of aviators during this time. Recommended”—Choice; “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”—Air Power History; “anyone interested in the early era of flight will be pleased with this volume…deals with subject matter that has received scant attention”—Aviation History; “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.”—Aeroplane; “fascinating…informed and informative, deftly written and superbly documented…a seminal work of superb scholarship and highly recommended for personal reading lists as well as academic and community library Aviation History reference collections”—Midwest Book Review; “fills an oft overlooked niche in aviation history with clarity and insight. Edwards’ solid research and unpretentious readability satisfy and intrigue. For flight buffs and casual passengers. Orville’s Aviators proves a worthwhile read”—Phi Kappa Phi FORUM; “an enjoyable read that will add to your knowledge of America’s pre-war aerial efforts. Recommended”—Over the Front: The League of World War One Aviation Historians; “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”—The Wofford Bookshelf; “must reading for everyone who loves heroic figures.”— Ralph S. Cooper, Owner/Webmaster, Early Birds of Aviation, Inc.