Pioneer Aviator, student of Orville Wright; he died as he was performing an exhibition just outside of Lima, Ohio. His plane fell 300 feet in flames.
He began as a balloonist, then was accepted as a student in the Wright School of Aviation in August of 1911. He described his personal moodswing as rather dramatic: "When you enter the Wright School of Aviation here, they warn you of two things - a dismal feeling that comes in the beginning of the course that you don't really want to fly so much after all, and the belief that comes after you make your first trip alone that you can fly from New York to San Francisco immediately.... After my twlefth lesson, when I had flown the machine around the field several times without any assistance, I ceased calling my instructor "Mr. Turpin" and said, 'Well Turpi, I guess I am a birdman.'"
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Andrew Drew (1885-1913) was an American pioneer aviator. He worked for the Wright Brothers. He died in June 1913 in a plane crash when his gas tank exploded at 600 feet. For more about him see Ralph Cooper's website EarlyAviators.com -
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