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Capt Hawthorne Charles Gray
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1889
Washington, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 1927
Sparta
White County
Tennessee, USA

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Veteran, US ARMY, World War I.
Died in attempt to establish manned flight altitude record.

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Born in Washington State in 1889.Captain Hawthorne C. Gray's trip to heaven in 1927 was the shortest on record. When Gray died 75 years ago this week he was farther from the earth's surface than any man had ever traveled. He is not particularly well remembered today, but he was a pioneer of high altitude flight and the U.S. Army Air Corps' leading balloonist in 1927. His last flight, which set off from Scott Field in Belleville, Illinois, November 4, 1927, was an attempt to set a new altitude record. He was successful, in that he reached a height of 42,740 feet, but he never reached the ground alive. Exactly what went wrong remains a mystery to this day. A 1927 article about fatal aviation accidents published by the U.S. Air Services said, "The tragic end of Captain Gray's brilliant career came under circumstances that probably never will be known.... The fact that his oxygen tube was severed, as if by a knife, led to the almost unanimous conclusion that, while ripping open sand bags, the knife accidentally cut the tube."
- grave hunter
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Polk Gray (1845 - 1929)
  Oceanna Falkland Bush Gray (1849 - 1924)
 
 Children:
  John Maddux Gray (1921 - 1922)*
 
 Siblings:
  Willetta C Gray Sprague (1875 - 1923)*
  Rachael A Gray (1880 - 1888)*
  Catherine H Gray (1882 - 1888)*
  Mary Gray (1885 - 1888)*
  Hawthorne Charles Gray (1889 - 1927)
  William H Gray (1891 - 1892)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: CAPT AC USA WASH
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 4 S, Site: LOT 2601
 
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49192441
Capt Hawthorne Charles Gray
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Capt Hawthorne Charles Gray
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Capt Hawthorne Charles Gray
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 Added: Jun. 21, 2015
 
 
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