Hammondsport in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1906 - 1916
Floating and Flying
In 1904 "Captain T.S. Baldwin from California purchased a Curtiss motorcycle engine to power his experimental dirigible airship. Two years later, Baldwin moved his entire research and production operations to Hammondsport in order to work with Curtiss. Baldwin and Curtiss used a hangar on this site, then known as Kingsley Flats. Here, in June, 1907, Glenn Curtiss flew for the first time – piloting a Baldwin dirigible.
By 1909 Curtiss was using Kingsley Flats for test flights of the new airplanes he was designing and building. In 1910 he established the Curtiss Flying School here, and helped trained some of the nation's first generation pilots, including Blanche Stewart Scott, the first American woman to make a solo flight. This field also served as headquarters for the Curtiss Exhibition Company, a team of pilots who gave demonstrations and performed aerial stunts at fairs and air shows around the country.
Location. 42° 24.214′ N, 77° 13.339′ W. Marker is in Hammondsport Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8272 Main Street, Hammondsport NY 14840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vertical Flight Heritage Site (here, next to this marker); Two Wheels on the Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cradle of Aviation (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glenn H. Curtiss (approx. 0.6 miles away); An Astonishing Sight (approx. 1½ miles away); Larger Than Life (approx. 1.9 miles away); Pleasant Valley War Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Glenn Hammond Curtiss (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hammondsport.
More about this marker. Part of the Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail
Also see . . . Heritage Trail Marks Key Sites in Life of Glenn H. Curtiss. (Submitted on July 14, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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