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Harold Dewolf Kantner
Born (1886-02-23)February 23, 1886
Meadville, Pennsylvania
Died December 11, 1973(1973-12-11) (aged 87)
Spouse(s) Mildred McCoy
Children Richard D Kantner

Kantner and Albert Gleaves circa 1910-1913

Harold Dewolf Kantner (February 23, 1886 – December 11, 1973) was a pioneer aviator.[1]


He was born on February 23, 1886 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He attended the John Bevins Moisant aviation school and was taught to fly by Andre Haupert. Kantner built a Bleriot monoplane with a 50 horsepower Gnome engine in which he soloed on June 30, 1911 and was given Fédération Aéronautique Internationale certificate number 65 on October 14, 1911 in Mineola, New York.[2] He was instructor at the Yale group in Buffalo, New York. After World War I he worked as designer and test pilot for Continental motors, Aeromarine, Fairchild and Convair. He retired from Convair in 1961. He died on December 11, 1973.

External links[]

  • Kantner at Flickr Commons via San Diego Air and Space Museum


  1. "Harold D. Kantner". Early Aviators. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  2. "New Air Pilot Gets a License". New York Times. October 15, 1911. Retrieved 2009-09-22. "Harold Kantner of Meadville, Penn., obtained his pilot's license this afternoon from the aero representatives, flying in a fifty horse power Moisant monoplane. Darkness, shutting down upon Mortimer Bates of Manhattan, who went up afterward in a machine of the same type, thirty-five horse power, prevented his getting a license to-day." 

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