I need a photo of 'Charlie'. If you can help, please contact me.
via email from Gian Picco, 5-11-05
     I have found another source of detail information about 'Charlie' Bascum Drury Collyer:
     "Racing the Moon" John Henry Mears, Rae D. Henkle, 1928 page 296-301. The book contains several photo images of the pilot. If you don't have access to the information, let me know, and I'll type it in.
     Apparently he decided to become a pilot as a teenager in Korea, where he grew up. When Art Smith visited the place, he left with the promise to teach him flying.
      I don't know whether Charlie Collyer soloed before December 1916, but this information might indicate that it could be possible.
     Another (later) airmail pilot who grew up in the far east (in Japan) was Leonard Brooke Hyde-Pearson. Let me know if such details are for any use to you?
kind regards,
Gian Picco
Editor's Note: Yes, these kinds of details are always of use and often contain clues to other sources of information on the pioneer aviators. I certainly do thank you for contacting me and sharing these details.
     If you search from "Charles Collyer" +aviation using Google, (5-12-05), you will find about 11 links. Several of them are very helpful.
Aviation Museum: New England Air Museum
     On this page, if you will use the "FIND" function on Starbuck, you will find this entry in the "Reviews / Comments by our visitors" section.
"Does anyone have information about "The Liberty Flyers?" They were an army daredevil stunt team after W.W. 1, namely Lt. Arthur Starbuck and Lt. Charles Collyer. We have been searching in vain, cannot find any info. Please help! E-mail me at 05/15/2002 @ 20:23"

"Dedicated to the Preservation of Our Aviation History"
     This website offers information on the "FC-2" restoration project, It reviews the development of the plane and notes the round-the-work flight of the City of New York piloted by Charles Collyer in 1928. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

     If you search from "Racing The Moon" +aviation using Google, (5-12-05), you will find about 2 links. The one cited below is particularly helpful
Racing The Moon
     This page on the Round-The-World-Flights website, offers a very comprehensive and detailed revue of the round-the-world flight of the City of New York. It includes five images, front and back of a cover, two showing Collyer & Mears, and one of the book cover. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

I have no information as to the dates of his birth or his death at this time.
Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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