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One of aviation's great early heroes was Belvin Maynard of Sampson County. An Army Air Service officer in World War I and a ministerial student at Wake Forest, he set many air records before his death in a plane crash in 1922.
One of aviation's great early heroes was Belvin W. Maynard, who was born in Morven in 1892. An Army Air Service officer in World War I and a ministerial student at Wake Forest Theological School, he planned to return to the ministry after the war, but the call of flying was too strong. Maynard won the first coast-to-coast air race in 1919 and was later killed in a plane crash in 1922.