Charles Francis Walsh

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Charles Francis Walsh in 1910

Charles Francis Walsh (October 27, 1877 – October 3, 1912) was an American pioneer aviator who died in a crash in Trenton, New Jersey.


He was born in Mission Valley, California to Walter C. Walsh, and had a brother, Robert J. Walsh. The family moved to San Diego, California. Charles hitchhiked to Los Angeles in 1901 took a job as a steam engineer at the California General Hospital in Los Angeles. He married Alice Connolly on September 23, 1903. In January 1904, he and his wife moved to Winslow, Arizona where he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He moved back to Los Angeles to work in an oil refinery as a field engineer. He learned to fly from Lincoln Beachy. He crashed and died on October 3, 1912 in Trenton, New Jersey and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, San Diego.[1][2]


  1. ^ Alice Walsh. "Charles Francis Walsh". Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Aviator Walsh". Portsmouth Daily Times. October 4, 1912. Retrieved 2013-04-07. Charles Walsh, the aviator, who appeared in Portsmouth last June and gave exhibition flights with his aeroplane, starting from the Portsmouth Driving park, was instantly killed last Thursday ... at Trenton, New Jersey ... 

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