William S. Brock

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William S. Brock, Sr. (1895 – November 13, 1932) was an aviation pioneer. With Edward F. Schlee he made the eighth non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.


He was born in 1895.[1] He married Violet Harrison January 23, 1915 in Rochester, New York and had as their son, William S. Brock, Jr. In 1927, he and Edward F. Schlee planned to fly around the world in their airplane "Pride of Detroit".[2] He died on November 13, 1932 at Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, Illinois of cancer.[1][3]


The airplane "Pride of Detroit" is in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.


  1. ^ a b "William S. Brock Dead". Associated Press. November 13, 1932. Retrieved 2010-10-23. Brock, as he was christened, but known as Billy Brock In aviation circles, ... In 1927 Brock and Edward Schlee tried to break the existing record for flight ...
  2. ^ "William S. Brock". Early Aviators. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  3. ^ "William S. Brock, Noted Flyer, Dies. Victim of Cancer in Chicago at Age of 36. Began Career in Air When He Was 16. Tried world Flight in 1927. He and Schlee Reached Tokyo in Brilliant Series of Hops and There Dropped Plan After 12,295 Miles". New York Times. November 13, 1932. Retrieved 2010-10-23. William S. Brock, who in 1927 attempted a flight around the world, died at the Presbyterian Hospital tonight after a long illness. He entered the hospital on Sept. 23 for treatment for cancer. He was 36 years old.