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Merriam's Aviation Bureau  signed by Captain F. Warren Merriam - England 1939  

Merriam's Aviation Bureau signed by Captain F. Warren Merriam - England 1939

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Handwritten letter to R. C. Powell, Esq. and company brochure from Merriam's Aviation Bureau dated 1939. The letter is handsigned on the back by F. Warren Merriam. The brochure has a picture of Captain F. Warren Merriam in a "Box-Kite" plane. These items are over 70 years old. is a name you can TRUST!
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Frederick Warren Merriam was born Frederick Warren but changed his name by deed poll in 1901 to Merriam after being befriended and sponsored in his flying aspirations by an American, Olin Merriam, (of Webster-Merriam Dictionaries descent).

Frederick Warren Merriam started flying in 1912, and was the chief instructor for the Bristol and Colonial Aircraft Co.

The Bristol Boxkite was an improved version of the early Henri Farman biplane, built in 1910 by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company (later to be known as the Bristol Aeroplane Company). It was also the first aeroplane to land upside down in Brooklands Sewerage farm - Flight Lieutenant Frederick Warren Merriam was the first to enact the scene from the film Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.

Frederick Warren Merriam who died at Christ Church, Hants, on November 12, 1956 at the age of 76. He had an interesting and distinguished link with the earliest days of British aviation has been severed. He was the first pilot in this country to fly through cloud (in a Bristol Box-kite, early in 1912); later, as manager and chief instructor of the Bristol Flying School at Brooklands, he had many pupils who subsequently became famous, including Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Joubert de la Ferte, A. Cdre. P. F. M. Fellowes (who led the aerial Houston Everest Expedition), and Sub-Lt. R. A. J. .Warneford, V.C., the first pilot to shoot a Zeppelin down; and it was only the toss of a coin at the Royal Aero Club which decided that Alcock, rather than Merriam, should accompany Whitten-Brown on the first direct transatlantic flight.

At the outbreak of the 1914-18 war Merriam was the senior flying instructor in Britain, with an outstanding reputation for skill and patience, and he became chief instructor to the R.N.A.S. at Hendon and later at Chingford. Subsequently he flew on antisubmarine operations from Cattewater and Padstow, and after the war did some pleasure-flying and tested the Saunders Kittiwake flying-boat. In 1922 he founded Britain's first gliding school, near Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

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