We all know about Wilbur Wright, but what of Lieutenant Humphreys?...Born Frederick Erastus Humphreys, October 1883 in
. He attended Summit, New Jersey Pennsylvania Military
College and then West
Point from which he graduated in1906.
Humphreys volunteered for assignment to the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps and was chosen by the Wright brothers to participate. On October 26, 1909, after three hours of instruction by Wilbur Wright, he became the first Army aviator to solo in a heavier-than-air craft, and thus the first pilot of what was to eventually become the United States Air Force.
Lieutenant Humphreys was inducted into the First Flight Society's shrine in 2009.