Frank Trenholm Coffyn
|Frank Trenholm Coffyn|
October 24, 1878|
Charleston, South Carolina
|Died||December 10, 1960
Palo Alto, California
|Relatives||Haskell Coffin, brother|
He married Louise D. Adams around 1900 and had the following children: Nancy Lou Coffyn and Kingsland A. Coffyn (1904–1983).
He became interested in flight after witnessing a flight by Louis Paulhan in New York City in December 1909. His father knew one of the Wright Company's executives, and arranged a meeting with Wilbur Wright. Wilbur invited Coffyn to Dayton, Ohio where he began flight instruction in May 1910.
Coffyn flew with the Wright Exhibition Team until December 1910 where he trained pilots in Dayton, Ohio and he delivered aircraft to the United States Army in Texas. In 1912 he was hired by Russell A. Alger, Jr. (1873–1930) of Detroit, Michigan to fly a Wright Flyer Model B over New York City.
In the mid-1920s Coffyn appeared in several Hollywood silent movies.
He was an United States Army flight instructor in World War I. He sold aircraft for the Burgess Company, and got a helicopter pilot's license. He worked for the Hiller helicopter company until his retirement.
- United Press (December 11, 1960). "Frank Coffyn, Oldest US Pilot, Dies at 82. Air Pioneer Was Last Surviving Member of Wright Brothers-Exhibition Flying Team". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-11-17. "Frank Coffyn, 82, last of the five members of thee WrIght brothers exhibition flying team and developer of many pioneer aids ..."
- "About Frank T. Coffyn". Centennial of Flight. Retrieved 2011-11-17. "Frank Coffyn was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1878. The son of a wealthy banker, he became fascinated with flight after witnessing the flights of Louis Paulhan in New York in December 1909. His father was acquainted with one of the Wright Company board executives, and arranged a meeting between Coffyn and Wilbur Wright. Wilbur invited Coffyn to Dayton, where he began flight instruction in May, 1910. ..."
- World War II draft registration
- "Haskell Coffin Leaps To Death. Artist. Born In Charleston ....". News and Courier. May 13, 1941. Retrieved 2012-09-24. "... [family includes] George Martin Coffin, both of New York, and Amory Coffin, of Atlanta; a brother, Frank Trenholm Coffyn, ..."
- "Frank Trenholm Coffyn". Early Birds of Aviation. Retrieved 2011-11-17. "Frank T. Coffyn, president of the Early Birds in 1942-43, died Dec. 10, 1960, at Palo Alto, Calif. Eighty-two years of age, he was the last of the five original members of the Wright Brothers exhibition flying team and the oldest pilot in the United States. ..."
- Associated Press (December 11, 1960). "Frank Trenholm Coffyn. Original Member of Wright Brothers Exhibition Team. Mapped Airmail Routes". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-17.