Arthur Charles Hubert Latham

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Arthur Charles Hubert Latham was born in Paris, France back in 1883.  He spoke French, English and German fluently.  He attended Balliol College at the University of Oxford, in 1904, after which he fulfilled his reservist military service obligation in Paris.   He led an exploratory expedition to Ethiopia in 1906/07 collecting specimens for the Natural History Museum in Paris.

When he returned he saw Wilbur Wright fly his airplane in front of the French Government near Le Mans.  He knew he wanted to fly so he joined the Antoinette company in 1909.  He was taught to fly for the next two year until he could master the controls.  During that same year the Antoinette company worked with the French Army to establish the first military aircraft trials.  Arthur became the school’s principal instructor.  In 1910, he broke the altitude for flight at that time of 3,600 feet, later on he set the official World Airspeed Record of 48.166 MPH.

What you may not know about Arthur is that he was the first person to attempt to cross the English Channel in an airplane.  Due to engine failure he was also the first person to land an airplane on a body of water.  In 1912, he left on an expedition to the French Congo where he died, he was 29.

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Comments (17)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - "Those magnificent men in their flying mahines!"

Apr 14, 2021 04:03 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,  He packed an awful lot into a short life! Thank you for sharing another interesting biography.

Apr 14, 2021 04:09 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

He had an adventurous life in such a short period of time!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 14, 2021 04:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Quite the adventurer, Arthur Charles Hubert Latham... shame that he died so young. But I have a feeling he died doing something he loved.

Apr 14, 2021 04:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I am always impressed by those who can speak multiple languages fluently as I still struggle with the one I have known for decades.  

Apr 14, 2021 05:06 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

WOW! What more can I say. What a great, all be it short, life. Living life to the fullest is what Aurther did but I'll settle for a little slower pace and strive to live to be 120 years old James.

Apr 14, 2021 05:13 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Arthur accomplished so much is such a short time. Enjoy your day.

Apr 14, 2021 05:46 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he fit plenty of adventure into his short life of 29 years.  I hope that you have an enjoyable day my friend!

Apr 14, 2021 06:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Apr 14, 2021 06:14 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


An interesting story re crossing the English Channel.  Today, you can do it via the Chunnel (the underwater train), and it is on our list.  A

Apr 14, 2021 07:02 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Well, fortunately you said land and not crash

Apr 14, 2021 07:26 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a shame that death came so early - wonder what else he might have accomplished doing what he loved!

Apr 14, 2021 07:52 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, in such a short life he accomplished quite a bit. Great post as always.

Apr 14, 2021 08:55 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for yet another great learning experience James Dray 🙂

Apr 14, 2021 01:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I wonder what else he would have accomplished had he lived longer!

Apr 14, 2021 06:37 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this great story.  He really packed a lot of adventure into his short life.  Like many others here, I wonder what  he would have accomplished had he lived longer.

Apr 14, 2021 08:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Fascinating, if he spoke English, German & Hungarian instead of French maybe he would have lived longer?:)Endre

Apr 14, 2021 11:53 PM