Glenn Hammond Curtiss

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Glenn Hammond Curtiss was an aero inventor, pilot, and entrepreneur from New York.

Curtiss, a motor expert, visited the Nova Scotia laboratory of Alexander Graham Bell in summer 1907. Bell showed Curtiss his kites, inquiring about the possibility of adding motor propulsion. Bell and Curtiss, together with F. W. Baldwin, J. A. D. McCurdy, and Lt. Thomas Selfridge formed the Aerial Experiment Association, resulting in the creation of the Red Wing, followed by White Wing and June Bug, in 1908.[1]

Curtiss won a $10,000 prize flying from Albany to Manhattan in 1910, and in so doing surmounted "a formidable psychological barrier for aviation in America".[2]



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  1. Zahm, 1911, Aerial Navigation, pp. 264–265.
  2. Seth Shulman, "The Flight that Tamed the Skies", MIT Technology Review, 1 September 2002.