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  • Corporal Frank S. Scott (1883 - 1912)
    Corporal Frank S. Scott (1883-1912) Born in Braddock Pennsylvania, died in College Park Maryland. Scott holds the dubious honor of being the first enlisted man to die in an airplane crash. Little is ...
  • Carl G. Cromwell (1889 - 1931)
    Carl G. Cromwell (the Big Swede), oilman, was born to Swedish immigrants John Nels and Hannah (Anderson) Cromwell on January 26, 1889, in Saybrook, Pennsylvania. As the oldest of six children he took a...
  • Carl Joseph Crane (1900 - 1982)
    Carl Joseph Crane, aviation pioneer and inventor, was born in San Antonio on October 20, 1900, the son of John Paul and Ida (Witmer) Crane. At age ten he witnessed the birth of aviation in Texas when, ...
  • Paul Revere Braniff (1897 - 1954)
    Paul Revere Braniff (August 30, 1897 – June 1, 1954) was an airline entrepreneur. Braniff was one of the original founders of Braniff International Airways. He served as a mechanic in World War I ...
  • Thomas Elmer Braniff (1883 - 1954)
    Thomas Elmer Braniff (December 6, 1883 – January 10, 1954) was an original co-founder of Braniff International Airways, along with his brother Paul Revere Braniff. Known as Tom Braniff, he was also a...

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.