Ricardo Kirk

Ricardo Kirk (1874 – 1 March 1915) was the first Brazilian Army Aviator.

Kirk was born in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. In 1891 he entered the Military Academy and he was promoted to Ensign in November, 1893 and to First-lieutenant in March, 1898 and posthumously to Captain in 1915.

He is considered the Brazilian Army Aviation Patron.

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