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Harry Joseph Brooks
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Birth: 1902
Michigan, USA
Death: Feb. 25, 1928
Florida, USA

Noted: Airplane pilot and world distance flying record holder.

He was hired by Stout Metal Airplane Division of the Ford Motor Company August 11, 1925 for 62 1/2 cents an hour to work in the airplane plant. In February of 1926 he had been appointed to relief pilot for Ford's Air Transport Service. When Edward Hamilton replaced Major Schroeder as airport manager in November of 1926, Harry was promoted to his assistant and Chief Test Pilot. Except for one flight made by Charles Lindbergh in 1927, the "1926 Ford Flivver" was flown exclusively by Harry Brooks. February 21, 1928 he set a world distance record while flying the Flivver; flying over 1,000 miles non-stop from Detroit, Michigan to Miami, Florida on 48 gallons of gasoline. On the return flight he crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. His remains were never found. Brooks' publicity is said by historians to have exceeded only that of William Mayo; the only other Ford employee allowed to receive such personal press attention. 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Brooks (1861 - 1945)
  Mae Brooks (1872 - 1955)
 
 Siblings:
  Baby Brooks (1899 - 1899)*
  Harry Joseph Brooks (1902 - 1928)
  Blanche Mae Brooks (1905 - 1996)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Southfield Cemetery
Southfield
Oakland County
Michigan, USA
Plot: (A memorial headstone is located in the Brooks Family Plot.)
 
Created by: Honoring our ancestors
Record added: Sep 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29996299
Harry Joseph Brooks
Added by: Dave
 
Harry Joseph Brooks
Added by: Dave
 
Harry Joseph Brooks
Added by: Honoring our ancestors
 
 
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Rest in peace sir.
- Rosalie H. Kaufman
 Added: Feb. 24, 2012

- Dave
 Added: Aug. 10, 2011

- Honoring our ancestors
 Added: Sep. 22, 2008
 
 
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