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Richard Norton Wight

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Richard Norton Wight (1889-1913). Early aviator

1889 Born in London

1913 29th June. Died at Shoreham when flying an Avro tractor biplane (60 hp ENV engine). He was an inexperienced pilot who against his instructors warning Arthur Edward Geere, made a turn with a failing engine. In the crash he was burnt to his death.

1913 'Mr R. Wright, aviator, was fatally injured while flying from the Shoreham Aerodrome at Brighton last evening. The aviator experienced some engine trouble, and the machine, descending abruptly, struck its nos© upon the ground with such force that the engine exploded, and the damaged machine immediately burst into flames. Mr Wright was pinned down by the broken stays, and before he could extricated from that position he had been badly burned. He was taken to the Sussex County Hospital, where he succumbed.'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Dundee Courier - Monday 30 June 1913

The History of British Aviation 1908-14 by R. Dallas Brett. Published c1930.