THE EARLY BIRDS
OF AVIATION, Inc.
An organization of pioneers who flew solo before December 17, 1916
 
 
Mural
 
 
"Justin Gruelle's mural contains not only portraits of many aviation pioneers but also their aircraft, and all are depicted with an eye toward detail and historical accuracy that would be difficult to exceed."
Reproduced from TRACES of Indiana and Midwestern History
Courtesy of Indiana Historical Society

For the complete story, click on Mural
 

 
 

PicoSearch
 
  598 ORIGINAL EARLY BIRDS  
  ABB-BOL BOL-CLA CLA-ELL ELL-HAD HAL-JOH  
  JOH-MaC MaC-PAR PAT-SHA SHA-TIM TON-ZIS  

  History Of
Early Birds
Chronology Of
Early Birds
1910, Banner Year In History 1912, Highlights In History Early Bird
Events
 

  National Aviation
Hall Of Fame
The Very Earliest
Early Birds
Early Birds of Aviation
CHIRP
Official Publication
Aviation Deaths
1910 - 1914

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Portraits
To 1912
 

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RECENT ADDITIONS & UPDATES
     As a convenience for my regular visitors, I have added a page on which they can find all the new pioneer aviators which I have added to the website, as well as all updates which have been made recently. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.
 

 
 
360 U. S. EARLY FLYERS
These are pioneer flyers who were not members of the Early Bird organization. Even those who soloed before the cutoff date, December 17, 1916 and were otherwise eligible, were either overlooked as candidates or didn't bother to apply.
 

 
  343 FOREIGN EARLY FLYERS
Argentinian (9), Australian (3), Austrian (2), Belgian (22), Brazilian (19), British (39), Canadian (5), Chilean (2), China (2), Cuba (3), Czech (1), Danish (2), Dutch (9), French (86), German (27), Greek (7), Guatemalan (1), Haitian (1), Hungarian (3), Indian (1), Italian (23), Japan (5), Latvia (1), Mexican (9), Paraguayan (1), Peruvian (2), Polish (1),Portuguese (2), Rhodesian (1), Romanian (18), Russian, (15), Scotch, (3), Slovenian, (3), Spanish (7), Swedish (2), Swiss (4), Thai, (3), Trinidad, (1), Turkish, (1), Venezuelan (1), Vietnamese (1)
 

 
 
PIONEER PILOT
WALTER E. LEES
1887 - 1957

(Click On Name For Brief Biographical Sketch)
 
 
From his collection of photos, news clippings and his journals
 
Many from the book
"Pioneer Pilot"
edited by his daughter
Jo Lees Cooper
 
 
PIONEER PILOT
     I invite you visit my companion site which features the career of my father-in-law, Walter E. Lees, 1887-1957. You may access it by clicking on the title above.
 

 
 
THE EARLY BIRDS OF AVIATION
     I heartily recommend that you visit this other site which features the Early Birds. It was built by Carroll Gray and offers many unique and fascinating stories and photos of the Early Birds and their exploits. It even has two QuickTime film clips of EB Alys McKey Bryant and EB Harry P. Christofferson. You may access it by clicking on the title above.
 
     You should also plan to visit Carroll's comprehensive companion site which is devoted to Pioneer Aviator Lincoln Beachey. You may access it by clicking on:
Lincoln Beachey
     Carroll has done a remarkable job on these two sites and I am sure you will enjoy your visit.
 

 
 
Hargrave
 
       This really outstanding website has entries for some 97 pioneer aviators, both the famous and the lesser known of them. Most of them are complete with biographies and photographs. In addition, the site provides recommendations for Further Reading : "Project Gutenburg eTexts"and "Website Bibliographies." I am very impressed with the number of entries and the quality of the illustrated biographies. I can recommend it to your attention without any reservations.
To access the site, just click on: Hargrave.
 

 
 
 
  Aviation Pioneers Links  

 
  119 PIONEER FLYERS WHO WERE TRAINED
AT WRIGHT BROTHERS FIELD

 

 

 
 
Copyright © January 14, 2000, George Ficke
Revised -- August 15, 2005

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