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Archibald Hoxsey
Portrait of pilot Arch Hoxsey at the Dominguez Air Meet, ca.1910 (CHS-43570).jpg
Født15. oktober 1884
Død31. desember 1910 (26 år)
Los Angeles
Beskjeftigelse Flyger
Nasjonalitet USA

Forsiden av Los Angeles Herald 27. desember 1910, etter Hoxsey satte høyderekord. Han døde tre dager senere.
Hoxsey og Teddy Roosevelt før take-off. 11. oktober 1910.

Archibald Hoxsey (født 15. oktober 1884 - død 31. desember 1910) var en amerikansk flyger som arbeidet  for brødrene Wright.


Hoxsey ble født i Staunton i Illinois 15. oktober 1884. Da han var i begynnelsen av tyveårene flyttet han med sine foreldre til Pasadena i California hvor han arbeidet som bilmekaniker og sjåfør. I 1909-1910 fikk han et møte med brødrene Wright, og i mars 1910 åpnet brødrene en flyskole i Montgomery i Alabama hvor Hoxsey ble lærer. Der ble han den første flyveren som gjennomførte en nattflyvning.

Den 11. oktober 1910, på Kinloch-feltet i St. Louis, tok han Theodore Roosevelt opp i et fly.[1]

På grunn av deres dristigeforsøk på å sette høyderekorder ble han og Ralph Johnstone kalt «himmelens tvillinger»

Den 26. desember 1910 satte Hoxsey høyderekord på 3 794 meter

Han døde den 31. desember 1910 i Los Angeles i California etter å falt fra 2 100 m mens han prøvde å sette en ny høyderekord. Brødrene Wright betalte for begravelsen.[2] Han ble gravlagt i Woodlawn Cenetery i Atkinson i Nebraska, i samme grav som faren Archibald Hoxsey sr.


  1. ^ Tr's flight was risky, flier says Includes movie of Roosevelt's flight
  2. ^ «Hoxsey's Winnings For His Mother. The Wrights Will Also Pay Her a Substantial Sum and Meet the Funeral Expenses». New York Times. 2. januar 1911. Besøkt 15. november 2011. «Hoxsey's body was removed to Pasadena today, where it will lie in a mortuary chapel until Roy Knabenshue of the Wrights' team completes plans for the funeral. All funeral expenses will be borne by the Wright brothers, and a comfortable sum will be presented to Mrs. Hoxsey, his mother. ...» 

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  • The New York Times, August 20, 1910: «Airmen Play Tag With Moonbeams; Hoxsey And Johnstone Unexpectedly Make Two Night Flights At Asbury Park. Asbury Park, New Jersey, August 19, 1910. With no one to watch them save the night birds and a few invited friends. Arch Hoxsey and Ralph Johnstone, the young Wright airmen, winged their way up among the moonbeams between 10:00 and 10:30 o'clock tonight».
  • The New York Times, October 9, 1910: «Flight Of 104 Miles Is Made By Hoxsey; In Wright Biplane He Goes From Springfield To St. Louis With A Detour. St. Louis, Missouri; October 8, 1910. After making the longest continuous aeroplane flight recorded in America, Arch Hoxsey, who soared aloft in a Wright biplane at Springfield, Illinois, at 11:56 this morning, landed upon the lawn of the St. Louis Country Club shortly before 3 o'clock this afternoon, Although the distance to St. Louis from Springfield is only 88 miles, Hoxsey made a detour that brought his continued flight up to 104 miles.»
  • The New York Times, Sunday, January 1, 1911: «Wrights Deplore Hoxsey. He Was One Of The Most Promising And Intrepid Of Aviators, They Say. Dayton, Ohio; December 31, 1910. The announcement of the death of Arch Hoxsey at Los Angeles today came as a terrible shock to Wilbur and Orville Wright, but they emphatically declared that they did not care to discuss the accident until they had heard further details and had received a statement of the conditions under which it occurred from some experienced aviator who witnessed it»
  • Time, Monday, June 11, 1928: «Theodore Roosevelt seated in a plane which was of the "pusher" type: Beneath the picture is the following notation: "Colonel Roosevelt in a Wright Aeroplane at St. Louis. Archibald Hoxsey, who carried the Colonel twice around the Park, a distance of 4½ miles, is seen talking to Mr. Roosevelt, who was most enthusiastic over his experience, declaring he never felt a bit of fear. This picture shows the Colonel as he took his seat. Before starting he took off his hat and put on a cap.»