CHARLES DEERE WIMAN was born on Staten Island, N. Y., February 11, 1892. After schooling at
Yale University he became interested in aviation through Howard Payne Whitney and began flying instruction at Mineola under Howard
Rinehart. He soloed about July 18, 1916, at Mineola and flew for his FAI certificate 546, dated July 26, 1916, after 4 hours in the
Wright B with dual wheel control. He then joined the Governors Island Training Corps organized by
Philip A. Carroll in April and took instruction on the JN4 under Filip A. Bjorklund. On September 8,
Wiman and companion J. Walter Struthers crashed with injury to Wiman and later death to Struthers in the post hospital. By then Wiman
had had 19.47 hours at Governors Island alone for some 106 flights.
.After his recovery he joined a group of ten fliers under Bjorklund. As a result of the accident he was
incapacitated from flying. In 1928 he became president of Deere & Co., manufacturing tractors and farm equipment.
from CHIRP, APRIL 1949 - CLEVELAND, OHIO - NUMBER 40
courtesy of Steve Remington - CollectAir