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First Flight of the Delaplane

 
 
First Flight of the Delaplane Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
1. First Flight of the Delaplane Marker
Inscription.  Near this site, on October 21, 1910, the first heavier than air aircraft built in Delaware made its first flight. The aircraft, known as the Delaplane, was built by Robie Seidelinger and piloted by Eddie Bloomfield. The construction was funded by the Wilmington Aero Club at an estimated cost of nearly $6,000. Construction took place in a barn at the Gentlemen’s Driving Club, also known as Horseshow Park and, later, Wawaset Park. Originally built with two propellers, the aircraft was modified to fly with a single propeller before its first flight. The flight occurred on the last run of three high speed taxi runs when the test pilot pulled back on the controls and the aircraft became airborne for approximately 50 yards. The aircraft was later destroyed by fire while being stored in a shed at a rifle range near the town of New Castle.
 
Erected 2011 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-190.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location.
First Flight of the Delaplane Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
2. First Flight of the Delaplane Marker
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39° 45.484′ N, 75° 34.553′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Greenhill Ave. and 11th Street, on the left when traveling south on Greenhill Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wawaset Park (here, next to this marker); Gibraltar (approx. ¼ mile away); Mount Salem United Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); Samuel Francis Du Pont (approx. half a mile away); William Poole Bancroft Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Anthony of Padua (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rockford Tower (approx. 0.6 miles away); Looking Back… (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 471 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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Oct. 6, 2022