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The Collection: People: Walter Brookins

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Walter Brookins and Frank Coffyn prior to takeoff in Wright transitional aircraft in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Walter Brookins flying low toward boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey.Walter Brookins flying a Wright transitional aircraft.
Walter Brookins buzzing the beach in a Wright transitional aircraft, Atlantic City, New Jersey.Walter Brookins in flight over Atlantic City, New Jersey.Walter Brookins taking off from the beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Walter Brookins (left) and Count Jacques de Lesseps with an early Wright Model B.Left to right: Frank Coffyn, Walter Brookins, an unidentified man, and Roy Knabenshue with a Wright transitional aircraft, Atlantic City, New JerseyLeft to right: Walter Brookins, Count Jacques de Lesseps, and Frank Coffyn at an unidentified exhibition.
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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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