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Collyns Price Pizey

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Collyns Price Pizey (1883-1915). Early Aviator

Flight Lieutenant Pizey, born 1st April 1883, at Clevedon, was one of the early pioneers of flying, having gained his certificate No 61, in a Bristol Box-Kite, on Salisbury Plain, 14th February 1911. In that same year he took part in the Daily Mail Air Race.

He was educated as an engineer, and passed through all the shops of the Bristol Tramways Co, where he gained the attention of Sir George White, who detailed him to assist Sidney Smith when the British and Colonial Aeroplane Co was formed in late 1909/early 1910.

He later took charge of the flying schools at Salisbury Plain and Brooklands, where he and his assistant Harry Fleming were known as "Little Appy" and "Big Appy". They were masters at the art of flying training, and in September 1913 Pizey was appointed by the Admiralty as Flying Officer to the British Naval Mission to Greece, to carry out experimental and instructional work to organise the Greek Naval Air Service.

He died of dysentery in Athens, 11 June 1915.

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