Archibald Hoxsey (October 15, 1884 – December 31, 1910) was an
American aviator who worked for the Wright brothers.
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Hoxsey was born in
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 opened a flight school in
Montgomery, Alabama and
Hoxsey was a teacher there. There he became the first pilot to fly at
On October 11, 1910 at Kinloch Field in
St. Louis he took Theodore
Roosevelt up in an airplane.
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
Wright Brothers paid for the funeral. He is buried in
Woodlawn Cemetery, Atkinson, Nebraska, in the same grave as his
father, Archibald Hoxsey, Sr.
^ Tr's flight was risky, flier says Includes movie of Roosevelt's
^ "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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prior to their flight
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 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 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 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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