Arthur Welsh: The First American Jewish Aviator

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Photo of plane crash in field of daisies

Photo courtesy of College Park Aviation Museum, Jesse Ayer Collection

On June 11, 1912, Welsh, accompanied by Lieutenant Hazelhurst, made a final attempt to meet the loaded-climb test. Taking off at 6:00 PM, the plane climbed to about 200 feet and then dove downward at a steep angle to gain momentum to assist the climb. The airplane stalled and crashed into a field of daisies.  Both men were killed instantly, the first fatalities at the College Park airfield.