If you search on "William Bleakley" +aviation -NFL -"Coast Guard", Using the Google
(7-12-09), you will find about 355 links. Among the most helpful are the following.
Born in Ireland
"William Bleakley, born in Arvagh, Ireland in 1890, went to America when he was 16. He was a pioneer of
aviation and was the first to perform the aerobatic feat of looping the loop."
This brief note was found on the County Cavin Ireland website. It is located on the page for the village
of Arvagh. You may go directly to the page by clicking on:
While there, I would recommend that you visit the homepage of the website and sample the many
features which are offered such as Places to Visit, History & Heritage, Outdoor Activities, Traditions & Tastes, etc. You can access it
by clicking on:
by John L. Frisbee, Contributing Editor
Air Force Magazine, Online
Lt. William Bleakley's attempt to set an altitude record in 1928 is described. You will find more stories
of Valor on this page. To access the site, just click on the title above.