RICHARD CASWELL SAUFLEY
-1916
 
 
Richard Caswell Saufley
 
 
Richard Caswell Saufley, 1914
 

 
 
U.S. NAVY FLYING SCHOOL, PENSACOLA, FL., 1914
 
 
Richard Caswell Saufley
 
  By March of 1914 the U.S. Navy had established a flying school at Pensacola, Florida. Among the commissioned officers taking the course that year were the above (left to right); Lieutenant V. D. Herbster, Lieutenant W. M. McIlvain, Lieutenant P. N. L. Bellinger, Lieutenant Richard Caswell Saufley, Lieutenant J. H. Towers, Lieutenant Commander H. C. Mustin, Lieutenant (Army) B. L. Smith, Ensign de Chevalier, and Ensign M. L. Stolz.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph
from The Early Birds
by Arch Whitehouse
 

 
 
EARLY FEMALE LIBERATION
Helen OíRear,
First Female to Pilot an Airplane Over New York City
Newspaper Account (1915)

Helen OíRear was daughter of Judge Edward C. OíRear of Frankfurt, Kentucky. Her first marriage was to Midshipman Richard Caswell Saufley (of Kentucky) who was an early pilot in the U.S. Navy. He died in an airplane crash in Pensacola, Florida shortly after the events set out in this newspaper account. The photograph and account are from an unidentified New York Newspaper.
 
WOMAN TELLS HOW IT FEELS TO FLY
ABOVE NEW YORK

"Just One Long, Long Minute of Delight, " Says Mrs. Saufley, Lieutenantís Bride. -- First of Her Sex to Risk trip Which Even Experts are Forbidden to Attempt.
According to Mrs. R. C. Saufley, wife of Lieut. Saufley, U.S.N., it is no trick at all to soar 1,200 feet above New York in an aeroplane, stop the car at will, swoop down to the waters of the harbor in a long and graceful glide, then up and away again on the wings of the wind. Just no trick at all. That is, if you have the right king of stabilizer in your air-craft......
Editor's Note: To read the rest of this fascinating story, just click on: O'Rear.

 
 
This article and picture were kindly supplied through the courtesy of Paul O'Real
 

 
 
 
 
He died in an airplane crash in Pensacola, Florida, June 9, 1916
from Pensacola's Chronological History
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