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Morok, Charles F. / van der Merrsche, Charles Frank

Morok Aeroplane Co. of New York; "Charles F. Morok" was a Belgian and his actual name was Charles Frank Van der Merrsche, but he was also known by the stage name "Diavolo". He was famous as a daredevil, the inventor of the automobile-somersault-in-the-air and the loop-the-loop-on-a-bicycle feats, before starting flying.


Following the Boston Aero Show in February 1910, Belgian aviator Charles Frank van der Merrsche, alias Charles F. Morok was flying for Fred Shneider on Shneider biplanes. He then settled on the Nassau Boulevard Aerodrome of Garden City, formed a flying school and built a biplane of his own in Summer 1911. It has been stated that two of these machines were built for exhibition and training duties.
Morok's flying career ended abruptly in the summer of 1912, when he died of typhoid fever.

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