|By Carmelo Turdo|
Thomas Benoist, was one of America’s early aviation pioneers, and was born in Irondale, Missouri, in 1874. 100 years ago, in March 1912, The Benoist Aircraft Company was busy preparing their new military variant of the Type XII biplane, with a tractor arrangement, the first aircraft in the United States, to utilize this design. This was but one of many accomplishments made by Benoist, throughout the next several years. All up production, by the time the company closed its doors in 1918, was just over 100 aircraft. I am proud to announce, that MOAHS member Fred Roos, Phd, will present the history of Thomas Benoist, and his remarkable accomplishments, at our next meeting, on Thursday, March 22nd at 7 PM. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.