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William C. Ocker

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Colonel William Charles Ocker (June 18, 1880 – September 15, 1942) was an American aviation pioneer. He was known as the "Father of Instrument Flying". Biography He was born on June 18, 1880, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ocker was one of seven children born to parents of German descent. He was educated in Philadelphia's public school system. Ocker entered the U.S. Army on 25 June 1898, serving with the cavalry and artillery during the Spanish–American War and the Philippine–American War. In 1909 Corporal Ocker was serving guard duty at Fort Myer when the Wright Brothers' biplane was being assembled for its first Army demonstration. He became consumed with the desire to become a pilot, but when he applied for permission to begin flight training, he was told: Teaching enlisted men to fly runs contrary to War Department policy. However, he was emboldened by the successful efforts of Vernon L. Burge, who was taking flying lessons from Lt. Frank P. Lahm a
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