Northville in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
with Stinson Aircraft Corporation
Detroit was abuzz with aviation fever in the 1920s.
Eddie Stinson, a successful aviator and stunt pilot, gained financing from Detroiters to build and test-fly the prototype Stinson Detroiter airplane — the first airplane with an enclosed cabin, electric starter, and wheel brakes. This successful flight led to the founding of Stinson Aircraft Corporation in 1926, producing aircraft in a factory along East Main Street in Northville. In March 1928, Stinson flew his new SM-1 monoplane to a world endurance record, and was honored in a banquet at Northville's First Presbyterian Church.
You Auto Know
Stinson used Harley Davidson motorcycle brakes on the prototype plane known as the "Stinson Detroiter."
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
Location. 42° 25.876′ N, 83° 28.628′ W. Marker is in Northville, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Northville MI 48167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northville Valve Plant (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Tracks in Town (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roadside Refreshment (about 400 feet away); Mill Race Historical Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Northville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Detroit Edison Company Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Phoenix Mill (approx. 2.8 miles away); Joshua Simmons Farm (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northville.
Also see . . .
1. Edward Stinson. Wikipedia article (Submitted on August 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Stinson Detroiter. Wikipedia article (Submitted on August 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
3. Stinson Aircraft Company. Wikipedia article (Submitted on August 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 120 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.