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 Antony Habersack “Tony” Jannus

Antony Habersack “Tony” Jannus

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Death 12 Oct 1916 (aged 27)
Russia
Burial Body lost at sea
Memorial ID 94996651 · View Source
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Anthony Habersack Jannus was born in Washington, DC, on June 22, 1889. His father, Frankland Jannus, was a former British patent clerk, and his mother was the former Emeline Weightman, of an old established Virginia family. Tony and his brother, Roger, were orphaned in 1902, then went to live with their aunt and uncle. As a teenager, Tony became fascinated with the idea of flying. Finally, while working for the Emerson Engine Company of Alexandria, Virginia in 1910, he taught himself to fly at College Park, Maryland. (In those days most pilots were self-taught). Soon afterward, Tony Jannus conducted pleasure rides from Washington's Potomac Park. Once, in May of 1911, while trying to avoid hitting bystanders during a landing, Jannus crashed into an embankment. During his recuperation period, he wrote a how-to article on flying, which was published in the Scientific American. By November of the same year, Jannus had moved to St. Louis, Missouri which had become a hub for flying activities. He signed on with Thomas Benoist, who had already been building flying machines for some time. Benoist hired Tony Jannus as chief pilot.

In June 1915, Tony Jannus was test flying planes for Curtiss Aeroplanes and Motor Ltd. of Toronto, Canada. Curtiss was producing a two-engine three-passenger bomber for the allied front in WWI. The latest contract was for the Czar's "air force". They were fighting the Turks in the Back Sea region. Jannus went with the aircraft to teach the Russian pilots, and particularly to re-test fly the planes. It was during one of those test flights when Tony Jannus crashed into the Black Sea. The Russian Aviation Committee reported that Jannus was trying a steep climb and lost power, then plummeted into the sea.

Tony Jannus died on October 12, 1916 at the age of 27 when the Curtiss H-7 he was testing for the Russians had engine trouble and crashed into the Black Sea near Sevastopol in Czarist Russia. His body was never found.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Elizabeth & Ron
  • Added: 8 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94996651
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Antony Habersack “Tony” Jannus (22 Jul 1889–12 Oct 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94996651, ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) Body lost at sea.