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Claude Grahame-White

Aviation Pioneer Claude Grahame-White

Profession: Aviation Pioneer


Biography: Grahame-White was an early aviation pioneer, one of the first people to qualify as a pilot in England after training at Louis Blériot’s flying school. He entered in a number of competitions, including a 1910 Daily Mail-sponsored air race between London and Manchester.

Of his other feats, Grahame-White once landed his Farman biplane in the middle of Washington D.C., right by the White House—at which, rather than being punished, he was applauded by the press for his skill.

Grahame-White was further involved in commercialising aviation and the military use of air power. Prior to World War One, he was experimenting with fitting weapons to aircraft; and during the war he flew the first night patrol mission in 1914.

Born: August 21, 1879
Birthplace: Bursledon, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Leo

Died: August 19, 1959 (aged 79)

Historical Events

  • 1910-04-28 First night air flight by Claude Grahame-White in England

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