Hammondsport in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1911 - 1916 Wings Over the Water
The Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail
Beginning in 1911, Glenn Curtiss test-flew his pioneering seaplances and flying boats from this beach.
By 1911 Curtiss had already built a working seaplane that made water takeoffs and landings on pontoons. But the secret to making a successful flying boat was finding the right shape for the hull. During the warm season each year in Hammondsport, the beach in front of you was alive with activity, as Curtiss developed and tested new flying boat designs. Glenn finally solved the hull design problem during the summer of 1912, and by 1913 was building and selling his Model E, the world's first practical flying boat.
The United States Navy watched Glenn's experiments with great interest, and soon hired him to help create a fledgling naval aviation program. In 1911 Curtiss trained the Navy's first pilots and built the Navy's first seaplane.
Just three years later, in 1914, he introduced the America, the world's first twin-engine flying boat. This technically advanced aircraft was designed to carry its crew of two across the ocean.
The Glenn H. Curtiss Heritage Trail
The Curtiss Heritage Trail celebrates the pioneering accomplishments of Hammondsport's most famous native son.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Location. 42° 24.156′ N, 77° 12.858′ W. Marker is in Hammondsport, New York, in Steuben County. Marker is on New York State Route 54, half a mile east of Main Street (New York State Route 54A), on the left when traveling east. Marker is in Champlin Beach Park, between the parking lot and Keuka Lake. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8533 New York State Route 54, Hammondsport NY 14840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glenn Hammond Curtiss (here, next to this marker); 1906 - 1916 Floating and Flying (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vertical Flight Heritage Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Town of Urbana Civil War Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Champlin House (approx. 0.6 miles away); B&H R.R. Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pulteney Square (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1900 - 1904 Two Wheels on the Ground (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hammondsport.
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Also see . . .
1. Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on August 2, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Curtiss Model H. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on August 2, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Heritage Trail marks key sites in life of Glenn Curtiss. General Aviation news website entry (Submitted on December 26, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
4. Naval Aviation Histories. Naval History and Heritage Command website links (Submitted on August 2, 2020.)
5. Eugene Ely and the Birth of Naval Aviation—January 18, 1911. Smithsonian national Air and Space Museum website entry (Submitted on August 2, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.