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Sir Arthur Whitten Brown (1886–1948) by Sir John Lavery by courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son Ltd., London, on behalf of the Estate of Sir John Lavery / courtesy of the Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum

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E. C. Shepherd

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Brown, Sir Arthur Whitten (1886–1948), air navigator and engineer, was born in Glasgow on 23 July 1886, the only child of American parents, Arthur George Brown, an electrical engineer, and his wife, Emma Whitten. Arthur was still an infant when his parents moved their home to ...

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Burns [née Pellew], Anne (1915–2001), aeronautical engineer and glider pilot, was born on 23 November 1915 at Elmersend, Malton Road, Heworth Without, near Flaxton, Yorkshire, the only daughter and the third of the five children of Captain (later Major) Fleetwood Hugo Pellew (1871–1961)...

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Eilmer (b. c. 985, d. after 1066), pioneer of man-powered flight, was probably born in the 980s, dying not long after 1066. He was a monk of Malmesbury and all that is known of him is told by his fellow-monk William of Malmesbury...

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Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith (1888–1989) by unknown photographer, 1910 Getty Images

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Sopwith, Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch (1888–1989), engineer and airman, was born on 18 January 1888 at 92 Cromwell Road, Kensington, west London, the eighth child and only son of Thomas Sopwith (1838–1898), managing director of the Spanish Lead Mines Company of Linares in ...

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Spicer [married name Pearse], Dorothy Norman (1908–1946), aviator and aeronautical engineer, was born on 31 July 1908 at Hadley Wood, Middlesex, the only daughter of Norman Spicer (d. 1936), a stockbroker, and his wife, Hilda Mary Sisterson. She was educated at the ...

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Dorothy Norman Spicer (1908–1946) by Bassano, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London