H. Roy Waite

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Waite in 1912

Henry Roy Waite (October 3, 1884 - December 18, 1978) was an aviation pioneer. He was one of the first aircraft inspectors for the United States Navy. He later restored the Wright Flyer for display in the Smithsonian.[1][2]


He was born on October 3, 1884 in Boston, Massachusetts to Julia C. and Horace Waite. He died on December 18, 1978 in Winthrop, Massachusetts .


  1. ^ He is incorrectly listed as Howard Waite at the Early Birds of Aviation, but his WWI draft has him as Henry Roy Waite and working as a naval aircraft inspector
  2. ^ John Carver Edwards. Orville's Aviators: Outstanding Alumni of the Wright Flying School, 1910-1916. p. 66.