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Aptos in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

First High Altitude Airplane Flights March 1905

 
 
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By Jim Cirner
1. First High Altitude Airplane Flights March 1905 Marker
Inscription. One hundred years ago, in the skies above this monument, three soaring flights were made on March 16th, 17th, and 20th, by an aeroplane- glider flown by Aeronaut and parachute dare- devil, Daniel John Maloney, which had been designed and built by Professor John. J. Montgomery.

The frail craft, weighing only 42 pounds, was constructed of spruce, wire, and fortified canvas, and had tandem-wings with a 24 ft. wingspan and a four sided tail. It was taken aloft here at the then Leonard Ranch by a smoke-balloon rented by Fred Swanton and owned by Frank Hamilton, to heights of 800 ft., 1,100 ft., and 3,000 feet. The longest flight lasted over 18 minutes and covered over 2 miles...From a letter by Prof. Montgomery to his mother...

My machine flew three times, each time better than the other and descended beautifully. Going in different directions under perfect control of the aeronaut, and landing in a spot selected by him as gently as a feather.


These flights were the result of 22 years of experimentations and flight testing by Professor Montgomery, beginning with his first glider flight in 1883 at Otay Mesa in San Diego and ending with his accidental death in 1911. Called the "Father of Basic Flying", his successes and contributions to the development of flight
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By Jim Cirner
2. First High Altitude Airplane Flights March 1905 Marker
were heralded by the world's press at the time, but are now largely forgotten.
 
Erected by E Clampus Vitus El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte Chapter 1797, E Clampus Vitus Capitulus Redivivus Yerba Buena #1, Hiller Aviation Museum San Carlos Ca,. Aptos Chamber of Commerce and Museum Capitola/Aptos Rotary.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 56.84′ N, 121° 52.034′ W. Marker is in Aptos, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Dolphin Drive south of Via Nevella, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aptos CA 95003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hotel Bayview (approx. 2.8 miles away); S.S. Palo Alto (approx. 3.1 miles away); Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe (was approx. 3.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Donald Leon Rose (approx. 4.4 miles away); China Beach (approx. 4½ miles away); Capitola’s Natural Riches (approx. 4.9 miles away); Camp Capitola Superintendent’s Office (approx. 4.9 miles away); Venetian Court (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aptos.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 336 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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