The 1910 Los Angeles International Air Meet

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Arcadia Publishing, 2009 - History - 128 pages
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America's first international air meet was held January 10-20, 1910, in Los Angeles on a mesa called Dominguez Hill, situated 13.5 miles south of the plaza at the pueblo of Los Angeles. Enthusiasm for aviation grew after the first international air meet in 1909 in Rheims, France, where American aviator Glenn H. Curtiss won three prestigious speed prizes and 36,000 francs. An even more spectacular air meet, which would also invigorate the local economy, was promoted for Los Angeles. Businessman Dick Ferris, the Los Angeles Merchants and Manufacturers Association, and the Los Angeles Examiner collaborated to make it possible. Most Americans had never seen the newfangled machines that soared in the skies. Initially skeptical, they soon were awed. So began America's love affair with aviation. The air meet influenced aviation in Southern California and transportation worldwide into the 21st century.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
An American First
21
The Sideshow and Oddities
39
Aviators and Aeronauts Flock to Los Angeles
55
Aeroplanes Dirigibles and Balloons
77
The Program Events and the Grand Finale
99
A Century of Flight
119
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About the author (2009)

The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum commissioned this book to commemorate the January 1910 Air Meet. The museum worked closely with author Kenneth E. Pauley, an aviation and California history enthusiast. Many of the images in this work are courtesy of California State University, Dominguez Hills; the Los Angeles Public Library; and the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.

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