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  1. Thomas E. Selfridge was born in San Francisco on February 2, 1882. Little is known about his early life. He was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with the Class of 1903. Selfridge ranked 31st in the class of 96 cadets that year; future general Douglas MacArthur was first. ^ a b "The First Fatal Plane Crash…

  2. Oct 28, 2021 · On September 17, 1908, Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge—the first person to die in an airplane crash—shed his coat and hat and climbed into the Wright Military Flyer next to pilot Orville Wright....

  3. M ost everyone has heard of the Wright Brothers, but far fewer recognize the name Thomas Etholen Selfridge. Selfridge graduated from West Point in 1903, the same year as the Wright Brother’s first flight at Kittyhawk. Soon after, Selfridge himself developed an interest in the burgeoning world of human flight.

  4. On this day in 1908, U.S. Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge, the first victim of a plane crash in history, died. The 26-year-old member of the U.S. Army died when the plane of the Wright brothers crashed. The plane was piloted by Orville Wright, and had two passengers. Orville survived the crash.

  5. Dec 12, 2013 · During the two battles at Fort Fisher North Carolina, Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. was the captain of the USS Huron. The Huron’s job was to cover the land face of the Fort and protect the Naval landing Party. Selfridge was appointed the commander of the Navy’s Third Brigade in what was to be an “easy” attack on Fisher’s Northeast Bastion.

  6. Thomas Etholen Selfridge (February 8, 1882 – September 17, 1908) was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane. He was a passenger on an aircraft piloted by Orville Wright. [1] Contents 1 Biography 1.1 Death 2 Legacy 3 See also 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links Biography

  7. Selfridge was born on February 6, 1836, to Navy Captain Thomas Oliver Selfridge and Louisa Cary Soley in Charlestown, Massachusetts. In 1851 he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1854 at the head of his class. His first assignment was on USS Independence, the flagship of the Pacific Squadron.

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