William P. Willetts


William P. Willetts was born in Skaneateles, New York, on May 13, 1890 and learned to fly in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Aviation School at Mineola, Long Island. He made his first solo flight in a Curtiss Jennie, powered by an OX5 engine, on October 25, 1916, at which time he was issued F.A.I. Expert Aviator's Certificate #62 by the Aero Club of America. At that time he was a Sergeant in the U. S. Army.
     Unfortunately, Mr. Willetts has almost completely lost his eye sight, but his love for aviation is as strong as ever. He resides on Bryant Avenue, Roslyn, Long Island, but spends the winter months from October to May in Bermuda.
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP January, 1960,Number 62

William P. Willetts died in 1964
From The Early Birds of Aviation Roster of members, 1966

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