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Hammondsport in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Vertical Flight Heritage Site

Pioneering Vertical Flight in America

 

— Hammondsport, New York, 1908 —

 
Vertical Flight Heritage Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel
1. Vertical Flight Heritage Site Marker
Inscription.  Between January and May 1908, John Newton Williams, demonstrated rotary wing test rigs at this site, known as Kingsley Flats, marking one of the first significant efforts to develop a helicopter in the United States. Powered by an engine designed and built by Glenn Hammond Curtiss, and hosted by Alexander Graham Bell's Aerial Experiment Association, Williams succeeded in lifting the platform off the ground with Byron Brown aboard.
 
Erected 2017 by AHS International.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
 
Location. 42° 24.214′ N, 77° 13.34′ W. Marker is in Hammondsport, New York, in Steuben County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (New York State Route 54A) 0.2 miles north of New York State Route 54. Located at Hammondstown Central School. 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. 1906 - 1916 Floating and Flying (here, next to this marker); 1911 - 1916 Wings Over the Water (approx. 0.4 miles away); Glenn Hammond Curtiss
Vertical Flight Heritage Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel
2. Vertical Flight Heritage Site Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); 1900 - 1904 Two Wheels on the Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mallory Mill (approx. half a mile away); Cradle of Aviation (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glenn H. Curtiss (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1908 An Astonishing Sight (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hammondsport.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Dec. 1, 2020