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Archibald Hoxsey

American aviator
The basics
Occupation Aviator
Country United States of America
Date of birth Staunton
Date of death Dec 31, 1910 Los Angeles
The details

Archibald Hoxsey (October 15, 1884 – December 31, 1910) was an American aviator who worked for the Wright brothers.


Hoxsey was born in Staunton, Illinois on October 15, 1884. He moved with his parents to Pasadena, California. In his early twenties he worked as an auto mechanic and chauffeur. By 1909-1910 his mechanical ability led to a meeting with the Wright Brothers. In March 1910 the Wright brothers opened a flight school in Montgomery, Alabama and Hoxsey was a teacher there. There he became the first pilot to fly at night.

On October 11, 1910 at Kinloch Field in St. Louis he took Theodore Roosevelt up in an airplane.

Because of their dueling altitude record attempts, he and Ralph Johnstone were nicknamed the "heavenly twins".

On December 26, 1910 Hoxsey set a flight altitude record of 11,474 feet (3,497 m).

He died on December 31, 1910 in Los Angeles, California after crashing from 7,000 ft (2,100 m) while trying to set a new altitude record. The Wright Brothers paid for the funeral.

He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Atkinson, Nebraska, in the same grave as his father, Archibald Hoxsey, Sr.

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