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Descriptive Finding Guide for Commander Henry James White Personal Papers SDASM.SC.0015
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Commander Henry James White (1892-1962) was a naval aviator, linguist, translator, inventor, flight instructor and Commander of Naval Air Station Ream Field.
He was born on October 7, 1892 in Catonsville, MD. He was educated at St. George’s school in Newport, RI. Appointed to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, he qualified as a pilot at just 19 years of age. His earliest license was signed by Orville Wright. He served in the Navy from 1916 to 1920 and again from 1940 to 1945. He was also a United States Naval seaplane pilot. He instructed the famed Charles Lindbergh in seaplane operations. He was the test pilot for Sikorsky’s giant amphibian which weighed about 9,000 pounds. He set an unofficial altitude record with passenger load when he flew to a height of 18,500 feet with nine people on board. He was also the test pilot for the self-landing plane, which was a success in his demonstrations to the public.
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