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Julian, Hubert F.locked

(20 September 1897–19 February 1983)
  • Caroline M. Fannin

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Julian, Hubert F. (20 September 1897–19 February 1983), aviator, was born Hubert Fauntleroy Julian in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the son of Henry Julian, a cocoa plantation manager, and Silvina “Lily” Hilaire Julian. He was educated at the Eastern Boys' School, an excellent private school in Port of Spain. In 1909 he saw his first airplane; minutes later, he witnessed its pilot's fatal crash. Nevertheless, Julian was instilled with a passion for both the exotic and the mechanical aspects of aviation. In 1912 his parents, who wanted their only child to be a doctor, sent him to England for further education. When World War I broke out, Julian went to Canada and attended high school in Montreal. Late in the war he took flying lessons with Canadian ace Billy Bishop. One of the earliest black aviators, he earned his Canadian pilot's license at the age of nineteen. In 1921 he was awarded Canadian and American patents for an airplane safety device he called a ...

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