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The Collection: People: Walter Brookins

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Frank Coffyn and Walter Brookins at an air meet with a Wright transitional aircraft. Brookins appears to be distracted by the photographer while attending to the engine.Frank Coffyn (left) and Walter Brookins (right) with Roy Knabenshue(center) outside boardwalk shed for Wright transitional aircraft.left to right: Frank Coffyn, Duval La Chapelle, Walter Brookins, Roy Knabenshue, Jacques de Lesseps and others at an unidentified air meet.
Walter Brookins (left) and Frank Coffyn prior to takeoff on the beach, Atlantic City.Frank Coffyn (left) and Walter Brookins at an air meet.Walter Brookins setting up Wright transitional aircraft for flight, possibly adjusting the balance of the machine on the launching dolley.
Wright transitional aircraft being prepared for flight on the beach at Atlantic City, New Jersey.William Jennings Bryan and Walter BrookinsWalter Brookins in a field.
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Wright exhibition team pilot and instructor. Born Dayton, Ohio July 11, 1888. Died April 29, 1953. Brookins had known the Wrights from age four, and had been a student of Katharine Wright. Brookins was the first to be trained by Orville Wright, and was one of the most daring and accomplished of all the Wright team. He retired from aviation and spent his later yers in the automotive service industry.

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