Lt. Frederick E. Humphreys Becomes The First Army Pilot To Solo


Lt. Frederick E. Humphreys becomes the first Army pilot to solo

Oct. 26, 1909 Following the acceptance of the 1909 Flyer, aviation activities were moved to College Park, Maryland, where a larger flying field was available, and on October 8, Wilbur Wright began giving flying lessons to Lts. Lahm and Frederick E. Humphreys.

Humphreys soloed on October 26, thus becoming the Army's first "pilot." Lahm soloed several minutes later. Within several weeks, both officers were ordered to return to duty with their respective Army units. The Aeronautical Division thus was left with one airplane and a handful of airplane mechanics, but no pilot.

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