The Info List - Arch Hoxsey

Archibald Hoxsey
Archibald Hoxsey
(October 15, 1884 – December 31, 1910) was an American aviator who worked for the Wright brothers.


1 Biography 2 References 3 External links 4 Further reading

Biography[edit] Hoxsey was born in Staunton, Illinois
Staunton, Illinois
on October 15, 1884. He moved with his parents to Pasadena, California. In his early twenties he worked as an auto mechanic and chauffeur. By 1909-1910 his mechanical ability led to a meeting with the Wright Brothers. In March 1910 the Wright brothers
Wright brothers
opened a flight school in Montgomery, Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama
and Hoxsey was a teacher there. There he became the first pilot to fly at night. On October 11, 1910 at Kinloch Field in St. Louis
St. Louis
he took Theodore Roosevelt up in an airplane.[1] Because of their dueling altitude record attempts, he and Ralph Johnstone were nicknamed the "heavenly twins". On December 26, 1910 Hoxsey set a flight altitude record of 11,474 feet (3,497 m). He died on December 31, 1910 in Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
after crashing from 7,000 ft (2,100 m) while trying to set a new altitude record. The Wright Brothers
Wright Brothers
paid for the funeral.[2] He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Atkinson, Nebraska, in the same grave as his father, Archibald Hoxsey, Sr. References[edit]

^ Tr's flight was risky, flier says Includes movie of Roosevelt's flight ^ "Hoxsey's Winnings For His Mother. The Wrights Will Also Pay Her a Substantial Sum and Meet the Funeral Expenses". New York Times. January 2, 1911. Retrieved 2011-11-15. Hoxsey's body was removed to Pasadena today, where it will lie in a mortuary chapel until Roy Knabenshue of the Wrights' team completes plans for the funeral. All funeral expenses will be borne by the Wright brothers, and a comfortable sum will be presented to Mrs. Hoxsey, his mother. ... 

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Archibald Hoxsey
Archibald Hoxsey
bibliography Early Aviators: Archibald Hoxsey North Dakota first flight; transcript of July 19 2006 radio broadcast Video of flight with Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
in 1910 Photo of Arch Hoxsey & President Roosevelt seated in Wright Flyer prior to their flight

Further reading[edit]

The New York Times, August 20, 1910: Airmen Play Tag With Moonbeams; Hoxsey And Johnstone Unexpectedly Make Two Night Flights At Asbury Park. Asbury Park, New Jersey, August 19, 1910. With no one to watch them save the night birds and a few invited friends. Arch Hoxsey and Ralph Johnstone, the young Wright airmen, winged their way up among the moonbeams between 10:00 and 10:30 o'clock tonight. The New York Times, October 9, 1910: Flight Of 104 Miles Is Made By Hoxsey; In Wright Biplane He Goes From Springfield To St. Louis
St. Louis
With A Detour. St. Louis, Missouri; October 8, 1910. After making the longest continuous aeroplane flight recorded in America, Arch Hoxsey, who soared aloft in a Wright biplane at Springfield, Illinois, at 11:56 this morning, landed upon the lawn of the St. Louis
St. Louis
Country Club shortly before 3 o'clock this afternoon, Although the distance to St. Louis from Springfield is only 88 miles, Hoxsey made a detour that brought his continued flight up to 104 miles. The New York Times, Sunday, January 1, 1911: Wrights Deplore Hoxsey. He Was One Of The Most Promising And Intrepid Of Aviators, They Say. Dayton, Ohio; December 31, 1910. The announcement of the death of Arch Hoxsey at Los Angeles today came as a terrible shock to Wilbur and Orville Wright, but they emphatically declared that they did not care to discuss the accident until they had heard further details and had received a statement of the conditions under which it occurred from some experienced aviator who witnessed it. Time, Monday, June 11, 1928: Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
seated in a plane which was of the "pusher" type: Beneath the picture is the following notation: "Colonel Roosevelt in a Wright Aeroplane at St. Louis. Archibald Hoxsey, who carried the Colonel twice around the Park, a distance of 4½ miles, is seen talking to Mr. Roosevelt, who was most enthusiastic over his experience, declaring he never felt a bit of fear. This picture shows the Colonel as he took his seat. Before starting he took off his hat and put on a cap." John H. Zobel, Stardust Falling: Arch Hoxsey and Ralph Johnstone. In AAHS Journal, Volume 61, Number 2, Summer 2016, pages 89-99.

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Aviators killed in early aviation accidents


Aug 11, 1896 Otto Lilienthal

Oct 2, 1899 Percy Pilcher

Sep 17, 1908 Thomas Selfridge

Sep 7, 1909 Eugène Lefebvre

Sep 22, 1909 Ferdinand Ferber

Jan 4, 1910 Léon Delagrange

Apr 2, 1910 Hubert Le Blon

Jul 12, 1910 Charles Rolls

Sep 27, 1910 Jorge Chávez

Nov 17, 1910 Ralph Johnstone

Dec 31, 1910 Archibald Hoxsey

Dec 31, 1910 John Moisant

Jan 9, 1911 Edvard Rusjan

May 10, 1911 George E. M. Kelly

Jun 18, 1911 Léon Lemartin

Sep 16, 1911 Édouard Nieuport

Oct 19, 1911 Eugene Ely

Oct 31, 1911 John Montgomery

Feb 17, 1912 Graham Gilmour

Apr 3, 1912 Galbraith Rogers

Jul 1, 1912 Harriet Quimby

Jul 5, 1912 Eustace Loraine

Sep 28, 1912 Lewis C. Rockwell

Sep 28, 1912 Frank S. Scott

Dec 15, 1912 Wilfred Parke

May 27, 1913 Desmond Arthur

Aug 07, 1913 Samuel Franklin Cody

Sep 13, 1913 Aurel Vlaicu

Dec 10, 1913