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Beloit in Rock County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin's First Aviator

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, July 21, 2010
1. Wisconsin's First Aviator Marker
Inscription. The nationís first commercially built “aeroplane” was assembled and flown here November 4, 1909, by Arthur P. Warner, Wisconsinís first pilot. Self-taught, Warner was the 11th American to pilot a powered aircraft and first in the U.S. to buy an aircraft for business use.

Built by Glenn H. Curtiss, the biplane was “sister” to the aircraft in which Curtiss won the Bennett trophy race in Rheims, France, August 29, 1909. Inventor and manufacturer, Warner used the aircraft in research and to publicize his automotive products. He developed the automobile speedometer, automotive and machine tool accessories, and built the first electric power plant in Beloit. For his contributions to the aviation and automotive industries, Warner was posthumously elected to the Wisconsin Industrial Hall of Fame in 1962.
 
Erected 1964 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 144.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 31.311′ N, 88° 59.427′ W. Marker is in Beloit, Wisconsin, in Rock County. Marker is at the intersection of Milwaukee Road (State Highway 81) and Lee Lane, on the right when traveling
Wisconsin's First Aviator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 21, 2010
2. Wisconsin's First Aviator Marker
west on Milwaukee Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beloit WI 53511, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Black Hawk War (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Medal of Honor (approx. 1.2 miles away); Roy Chapman Andrews (approx. 2.3 miles away); Beloit College (approx. 2.4 miles away); Rasey House (approx. 2.5 miles away); Black Hawk at Turtle Village / The U.S. Military at Turtle Village (approx. 2.7 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 2.8 miles away); Home of Governor Harvey (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beloit.
 
Also see . . .  Arthur P. Warner. Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (Submitted on May 19, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceIndustry & Commerce
 
Wisconsin's First Aviator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 21, 2010
3. Wisconsin's First Aviator Marker
Looking northeast from corner of Milwaukee Road and Lee Lane.
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By Paul Fehrenbach, July 21, 2010
4. The Centennial of Flight in Wisconsin
Small marker on right post.
Plaque on rock at base of marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 21, 2010
5. Plaque on rock at base of marker
Beloit, Wisconsin Aviation Memorial. Commemorating the making of early aviation history, in 1909 early bird Arthur P. Warner of this city, purchased, assembled and taught himself to fly a Curtiss Pusher aeroplane at Turtle Ridge on nearby Highway 15. Awarded by The Early Birds of Aviation an organization of pioneers in aeronautics who flew solo before December 17, 1916. Dedicated 1963
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on May 13, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 13, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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