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Jorge Newbery


Jorge Alejandro Newbery (Buenos Aires 29 May 1875 - Mendoza Province 1 March 1914), known as Jorge Newbery or, more familiarly, simply as "George", was an Argentine pilot of North American descent. His father, Ralph Newbery (a dentist born in 1848), emigrated from Long Island, New York, to Argentina after the American Civil War (in which he is said to have taken part in the Battle of Gettysburg) . Along with Alberto Braniff and Jorge Chavez, Jorge Newbery was one of the first Latin American aircraft pilots. He was also an engineer.

On April 9, 1909, Newbery wrote the first newspaper article on aviation in Argentina. Entitled "Aeronautica", the article was featured in the Buenos Aires El Nacional.

By that time, Newbery was already a seasoned aerostat pilot, having flown these balloons four times over the Argentinian landscape. He had not, however, been in or even seen a heavier-than-air craft before he wrote the article.

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Some information on Newbery's life (in Spanish)

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