Daniel Pinet
from Piet Dhanens, 5-26-10

"New Aeroplane Record,
Daily Journal and Tribune,
Knoxville, Tennessee: May 16, 1910,
Transcribed by Bob Davis - 8-20-05
"Mourmelon, France, May 15. - Daniel Kinet, the Belgian aviator, today broke the world's record for an aeroplane flight with a passenger, remaining in the air for two hours and fifty-one minutes.
      "At Chalons Sur Marne on April 8, Kinet made a flight with a passenger of two hours and twenty minutes. Previous to that Orville Wright held the record, having remained in the air at Berlin last September with a passenger for one hour and thirty-five minutes."

Daily Journal and Tribune,
Knoxville, Tennessee: July 11, 1910,
Transcribed by Bob Davis - 3-27-04
Ghent, Belgium, July 10. - Daniel Kinet, the Belgian aviator, was seriously hurt today while making a flight. The rudder of his machine broke when he was at a considerable height and the aeroplane turned over several times, dropping like a stone in a wheat field. It is thought that Kinet is fatally injured.
      Kinet is among the best known of the foreign aviators. He holds the world's record for an aeroplane flight with a passenger, which he made at Mourmalon on May 15 last, when he remained in the air for two hours and fifty-one minutes."
Historical Note:Early aviation experts before the Wright's used a rudder that is now called the elevator. This 'rudder' or 'horizontal rudder' controlled the aircraft's pitch. Since this surface (elevator) pivots at the rear of the firm surface (horizontal stabilizer) in front of it like the rudder of a boat, it had the same name. I believe it was Kinet's elevator which failed and that would cause the machine to tumble since the downward force on the tail was lost.
Bob Davis
Nicolas Kinet
Collection of Jean-Pierre Lauwers

from Jean-Pierre Lauwers
     Daniel Kinet crashed at Ghent aviation meet, and died as results of his wounds on 15th September 1910!
     Daniel Kinet was granted License No. 2 on February 1, 1910.
from Le Printemps de L'Aviation Belge

By email from Dave Lam, 1-25-03
     I don't know what is right, but my sources say he crashed on either the 10th or 11th of July, 1910 at Gand Belgium, and actually died on the 15th when his H Farman crashed. He was born in 1885. The license you show for him (#2) is his Belgian license. I wonder if the discrepancy in dates of death reflect that he crashed one day and died later--- I will look into that for you. Dave.

     Using the Google search engine on "Daniel Kinet," (8-21-05), you will find about 10 out of 30 links. Many of them are in foreign languages, but it is worthwhile to follow several of the links which offer more information as to his life and career.

Kroniek van de luchtvaart in en rond Gent

Piet Dhanens,
Frederik Vanderstraeten.
Product Details
Sint-Amandsberg :
IMPS-Gent, 2003. - 103 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
20 EUR.
BB B 2003 4.080
Notes from Piet Dhanens:
Hallo Ralph,
Nice to hear from you.
I think I can help you with a lot of information, and have connections with other person, which made study about Daniel Kinet and family. So generally is written that another airman, Nicolas Kinet, was his brother, but was not correct.
A friend discovered the tomb of Daniel Kinet at burried place Alsemberg near Brussels and send me picture of it.
In Gent exist always monument on the place his airplane was fallen. I have pictures of it too.Unlucky all documentation is in Flemish/Dutch, even my book. My English is not correct, but I can translate it.
I had access to the archives of the "Aéro-Club des Flandres" ( Air-Club of Flanders) organising the meeting during which Kinet died. He was the first airman killed in Belgium and the 12th (known!) in the world. So for example, I have copy of the original architect plans of his monument in Gent. And copy of a lot of articles published in the newspapers about his exhibitions, accident and death. I put all documents page by page on CD's.
May be the best is I prepare some photo's for you? Or you write me what you want to know exactly?
My documentation is limited to the period he gave exhibitions in Gent ( july 19l0)
Very kind to make publicity for my book. It was edited in limited edition, and rest only one or two books.
But in November will be new edition with lot of new info and documents. I work now at it. But as I wrote, it is in Dutch/Flemish and you will not understand it?
And already to share with you.
Best regards,
Editor's Notes: I thank Piet for the two photographs and for the intriguing bits of information on the life and career of Daniel. I look forward to being able to add even more information to this page, as time permits.

Daniel Kinet's Headstone
at his burial place VORST ( Alsemberg) near Brussels
Collection of Dhanens Pieter, 5-4-07
Death of Daniel Kinet
This extract from 'Flight' magazine, No.82
(No.30, Vol II) dated 23rd July 1910
Courtesy of Matt Bryan, 2-28-06
     "After surviving the injuries sustained during a fall at Ghent, as recorded last week, Daniel Kinet succumbed on the 15th inst.,and another brilliant exponent is thus lost to aviation. Although he only had his first lesson on January 16th (1910) last, he quickly became master of his Henry Farman biplane, and was placed in charge of the Henry Farman school at Mourmelon.
     At the meetings at Palermo, Naples, Marseilles, and Anjou he made splendid performances, and on April 8th he beat the world's passenger record by flying for 2h.19m. 14 2/5s., covering in that time 152 kiloms."

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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