Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Vladimir Smith

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Vladimir Smith (c1886-1911). Early aviator.

1911 May 27th. Died in St Petersburg in a Russian built Sommer plane when he failed to pull out of a dive. He was an inexperienced pilot.

1911 'While making flight to-day, the first day of the aviation week, the airman Vladimir Smith, who was using a Sommer machine, fell from a height over feet, and died while being conveyed to hospital. Smith was British subject. He was 25 years of age, and simply owed his death inexperience. Until recently was chauffeur. took up aviation last year, and, owing to his improved prospects, married five days ago. His bride witnessed the catastrophe'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Western Morning News - Monday 29 May 1911
  • The History of British Aviation 1908-14 by R. Dallas Brett. Published c1930.