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Tag Archives: Glenn Curtiss

AVIATION MARKETING 101: 1911–1913

THE INTERNET IS often likened to the Wild West because of its unruly activities, but today’s internet is fairly orderly in comparison to the early days of aviation. I’ve already … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

AIRBOATS—REAL AND VIRTUAL

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL did more than patent the first practical telephone in 1876 (not to say later giving actor Don Ameche such an iconic movie role that the device was … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

DOMINGUEZ HILL 1910—AMERICA’S FIRST AIR MEET

AIRLINE PASSENGERS using LAX, Los Angeles’s major airport, may not realize it, but they’re near historic ground in pioneer aviation. The first air meet in the U.S. took place January 10 – 20, … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

HENRY FORD’S FIRST FLIGHT

HENRY FORD was 64 years old before he took his first airplane ride. Not that aviation was of little interest to him: Ford had already invested in an aeroplane (albeit … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE WRIGHT BROS. VS GLENN CURTISS

ON DECEMBER 17, 1903, on the windy sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the world’s first pilot-controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight. Others before had piloted … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 3 Comments

GABRIELE D’ANNUNZIO: POET, PATRIOT—FLYGUY

GABRIELE D’ANNUNZIO, the Italian poet and patriot, also became enamored with aviation. At the 1909 air show in Brescia, in northern Italy, d’Annunzio conned his way aboard flights with aeronaut … Continue reading

September 13, 2012 · Leave a comment