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New Altitude Record Set For Two People

Henry Bingham Brown was born in Walpole New Hampshire in 1883. He began experimenting with flying in 1911.

On November 6, 1912 Brown set an altitude record for two people at 5,300 feet at the Oakwood Heights meet of the Aeronautical Society in Staten Island, New York. His passenger is Isabella Patterson from Vancouver, British Columbia. It also the highest flight taken by a woman. A crowd of 7,000 watched as Brown ascended to smash a record that had been 3,347 feet.

Henry Bingham Brown and Isabella Patterson after breaking an American altitude record (5300 ft)
Staten Island, New York
November 6, 1912


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