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  • Maxine Miles (1901 - 1984)
    Maxine "Blossom" Miles, born 19 October 1901 as Maxine Forbes-Robertson, was a British aviation engineer, socialite, and businesswoman. She was born into a well-known family of actors. She became int...
  • 1st Lt. Henry Post (1885 - 1914)
    Henry Burnet Post (June 15, 1885 – February 9, 1914) was a first lieutenant in the US Army and a pioneer aviator who was killed in a crash. He set the altitude record of 12,120 feet. He was the s...
  • James Allen (1824 - 1897)
    James Allen (1824-1897) a native of Barrington, became the pioneer American balloonist when he made the first of over 150 ascensions in 1856. The “Zephyrus,” the first of his fifteen balloons, rose t...
  • Robert Campbell Reeve (1902 - 1980)
    Robert Campbell "Bob" Reeve (March 27, 1902 – August 25, 1980) was the founder of Reeve Aleutian Airways. Childhood Bob Reeve was born in Waunakee, Wisconsin on March 27, 1902. He was one of tw...
  • Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker, Medal of Honor (1890 - 1973)
    With 26 aerial victories, Eddie Rickenbacker survived the war as America's "Ace of Aces." The former race car driver's 7 awards of the Distinguished Service Cross (an eighth was upgraded to the Medal o...

Aviation is the practical aspect or art of aeronautics, being the design, development, production, operation and use of aircraft, especially heavier than air aircraft. The word aviation was coined by French writer and former naval officer Gabriel La Landelle in 1863, from the verb avier (synonymous flying), itself derived from the Latin word avis ("bird") and the suffix -ation.