Harold D. Kantner  
  Harold D. Kantner, 1972


Early in 1911, Alfred Moisant returned to New York and opened an aviation school at Hempstead Plains, new Garden City, Long Island, where a vast acreage was admirably adaptable to practice flying. Alfred had the assistance of Harold Kantner, an early exhibition flyer, as well as of George H. Arnold, Mortimer F. Bates, J. Hector Worden, and Chief Pilot S. S. Jerwan---"all licensed aviators," as the prospectus put it
From Henry Villard's CONTACT, The Story of the Early Birds

  First Vice President Elect Harold Kantner died Tuesday, December 11, 1973 in Cloisters Convalescent Hospital at San Diego of cancer. Private funeral services were held on Thursday, December 13th, followed by interment in the Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, California. He was born in Meadville, Pa. February 23, 1886.
Harold attended the Moisant School on Long Island and was taught to fly by Andre Haupert. He had already built a Bleriot type monoplane with a 50 hp Gnome motor in which he soloed June 30, 1911. He was given F. A. I. certificate number 65. He then became an instructor at the Moisant School and traveled over the South making exhibition flights. He also designed planes for Moisant which were sent to Guatemala and Mexico where he taught the purchasers to fly. He next traveled to France for the Gordon-Bennett Cup Race and then to Italy where he was an instructor at the Naval Base, Taranto.
He was instructor to the Yale group in Buffalo, many of whom were commissioned and served as pilots abroad in World War I. After the war, he worked as designer and test pilot for Continental motors, Aeromarine, Fairchild and Convair.
He retired from Convair in 1961 to devote himself to his home workshop.
     He is survived by his wife, Mildred McCoy Kantner, a son, Richard D. and three grandchildren.
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, January, 1974

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