E. K. Jaquith
photos: by Lida Hall / courtesy Chester Perkowski / Early Birds of Aviation
E K's Draft Registration June 5th 1917
A little faded but here it is all typed in for you
"SO YOU WANT TO LEARN TO FLY DO YOU ?"
89 Years Ago this week, in April of 1917, 23 year old Edwin Kenneth Jaquith signed on with J. P. Knapp as the original flight instructor for the Knapp Seaplane Base located on the 6 month old Knapp Estate in Mastic, Long Island. The base was built with the entry of the US into WWI. Officially it was known as the 3rd Unit of The Aerial Coast Patrol and under the very loose control of the U.S. Navy Reserve. There E.K. taught J.P.'s son "J. F. "Dodi, Doty, Doady" Knapp and about a dozen more young boys from Yale and Princeton how to fly in Hydro-Aeroplanes aka Flying Boats . As a future member of the Early Birds Of Aviation and holding license # 40, old E. K. had already been flying by the seat of his pants since he was about 17. You can read much more about him and his antics in the sky over Mastic and those of the 3rd Aero Unit by clicking here