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American Norman PRINCE

American aviator, leading founder of France's Lafayette Escadrille

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on August 31, 1887 in Beverly, Massachusetts, United States
Died: on October 15, 1916 in Gérardmer, Lorraine, France


Prince, under the alias 'George Manor' to conceal his flight training from his father, was the 55th American to be licensed to fly an airplane by the Aero Club of America. He passed his test on August 28, 1911 at Squantum, Massachusetts flying a Burgess with a Wright motor.

Norman was practicing law in Chicago when he joined a group to build and race a plane in the Gordon Bennett Cup Race. They hired Starling Burgess to build their plane in his boat yard in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1912. In 1910, Norman's family had bought an estate in Pau, France known as "Villa Ste. Helene". The estate, with its house, still stands at 29 Avenue Norman-Prince, and contains a painting of Norman standing next to an aircraft. The year before the Prince family purchased the estate, the Wright Brothers had traveled to Pau, and made many well-publicized flights there, carrying passengers, and training pilots.
Elliott Christopher Cowdin II (left), Norman Prince (center), William Thaw II (right) on December 23, 1915- all American aviators that served in the French Army

In January 1915, Norman, who spoke fluent French, sailed to France, and finally persuaded the French to allow the founding of the American Escadrille (squadron) in April 1916.

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