On this date in aviation history… January 26, 1911…
Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful American seaplane.
Glenn H Curtiss (May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930) was an American aviation pioneer and a founder of the U.S.aircraft industry. Curtiss rose to fame by making the first officially witnessed flight in North America, winning a race at the world’s first international air meet in France, and making the first long-distance flight in the United States.
His contributions in designing and building aircraft led to the formation of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, which later became part of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Curtiss’ company built aircraft for the U.S. Army and Navy, and his experiments with seaplanes led to advances in naval aviation. Curtiss civil and military aircraft were predominant in the inter-war and World War II eras.
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