Glenn Curtiss Museum Invites All Americans to Celebrate the Centennial of Naval Aviation on July 2

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The Glenn Curtiss Museum will celebrate the Centennial of Naval Aviation on July 2, the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. Navy's purchase of its first airplane, an A-1 Triad Seaplane designed and manufactured by Glenn Hammond Curtiss in Hammondsport, NY. The Museum will display its exact replica of the A-1 at Champlin Beach in Hammondsport from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday, July 2 and will fly the plane at 1 p.m., weather permitting.

"The sophisticated fighter jets... that help protect our country's freedom today trace their roots back to Hammondsport 100 years ago." ~ Trafford Doherty

The Glenn Curtiss Museum will celebrate the Centennial of Naval Aviation with a free event for the public at Champlin Beach on Saturday, July 2. The Museum’s exact replica of the Navy’s first aircraft, the A-1 Triad seaplane, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weather permitting, the plane will be flown around 1 p.m. by pilot Rob Kinyoun of Bluff Point. Historical handouts will be available to visitors throughout the day.

Captain Richard Dann, executive director of the United States Navy Centennial of Aviation, will arrive at 1 p.m. to greet visitors and provide photo opportunities. Captain Dann has been the driving force behind a series of Centennial events around the country throughout 2011. An aviator, flight test engineer and author, Captain Dann brings to the event tremendous knowledge of the importance of Glenn Curtiss’s contributions and the history of the Naval Aviation program.

According to Museum Executive Director Trafford Doherty, “Visitors will see the A-1 in almost the exact location where Hammondsport native Glenn Curtiss handed over the Navy’s first plane on July 2, 1911. The sophisticated fighter jets and aircraft carriers that help protect our country’s freedom today trace their roots back to Hammondsport 100 years ago. We hope everyone will stop by to share this celebration of a milestone in local history and aviation history.”

About Glenn Curtiss

Of all the famous aviation pioneers who have been honored for their dedication to the dream of manned flight and their genius for making that dream come true, few can match the creativity and determination of Glenn Hammond Curtiss.

Curtiss became interested in aviation when he began to make gasoline engines for aeronautical experimentation in the early 1900’s. Working with Alexander Graham Bell and others, he built the June Bug with which he made the first pre-announced public flight of an airplane in the US on July 4, 1908. In 1909 Curtiss won the Rheims air race in France and in 1910 he made the first inter-city flight from Albany, NY, to New York City.

Curtiss’s much-publicized Albany to New York flight established the aeroplane as having some practical value. It was even suggested that it might have a wartime use. Some months later, Curtiss gave the first demonstration of aerial bombing to Army and Navy representatives at Keuka Lake. In addition to making the aeroplane a practical reality, he pioneered in the design of seaplanes and flying boats. His interest in water-flying led to an association with the U.S. Navy that was to form a basis for Naval aviation as we know it today. Naval seaplane, flying boat, and aircraft carrier operations are all a direct result of Curtiss's influence. A final high point in Curtiss's aviation career came in 1919, when the U.S. Navy Curtiss NC-4 Flying Boat became the first aircraft to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean.

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About the museum

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which is located in the scenic Finger Lakes Region of New York State, celebrates the life and accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss, who is remembered as the father of naval aviation and the founder of the American aircraft industry. The museum is home to a priceless collection relating to early aviation, bicycle and motorcycle transportation and local history. For more information, visit the museum website at


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