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First Airplane Flight Over Texas

 
 
First Airplane Flight Over Texas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 27, 2013
1. First Airplane Flight Over Texas Marker
Inscription. The first documented flight of a heavier-than-air flying machine in Texas occurred over this site on February 18, 1910, two weeks before the first military airplane flight by Lt. Benjamin Foulois at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The South Houston flight was part of a land development promotion sponsored by the Western Land Corporation and the Houston "Post."

French aviator Louis Paulhan, on a coast-to-coast flying exhibition tour of America, was commissioned to demonstrate his flying skills. The promoters arranged for special excursion trains to transport spectators to the site from downtown Houston. Headlines in the "Post" proclaimed, "This is the first opportunity for Texans to see a real demonstration of man's ability to fly. Don't fail to come and see demonstrated the greatest invention of the present era."

A crowd of more than 2,500 people gathered on Friday, February 18th, to witness Paulhan's first Texas flight in his Farman biplane. Because of high winds and inclement weather, the aviator was not able to perform some of his most spectacular stunts, but the crowd was thrilled with the aerial display. A second flying exhibition on the following day drew almost 6,000 people.
 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10660.)
 
Location.
First Airplane Flight Over Texas Marker & South Houston Chamber of Commerce image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 27, 2013
2. First Airplane Flight Over Texas Marker & South Houston Chamber of Commerce
29° 39.854′ N, 95° 13.957′ W. Marker is in South Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Spencer Highway and Texas Street, on the right when traveling east on Spencer Highway. Click for map. Apparently Spencer Highway is also called West Main, Avenue C and York Avenue at this location. Having spent over 45 years in this area I've never heard it called anything but Spencer Highway. Marker is in this post office area: South Houston TX 77587, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Lubbock Ranch (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vince's Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Capture of Santa Anna (approx. 4.3 miles away); Old Harrisburg (approx. 4.5 miles away); a different marker also named Old Harrisburg (approx. 4.5 miles away); Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad (approx. 4.8 miles away); Ellington Field (approx. 5.5 miles away); Old Settler's Cemetery (approx. 6.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Story of Texas First Flight. (Submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
First Airplane Flight Over Texas -- Mural on Side of Chamber of Commerce Building image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 27, 2013
3. First Airplane Flight Over Texas -- Mural on Side of Chamber of Commerce Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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