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Flying Boats, Part II: “The Wright Brothers”

By Kyle Thede, former SC&A intern and recent graduate of the Wright State University Public History program By 1911, the Wilbur and Orville Wright had managed to prove that manned, powered flight was possible, practical, and profitable. They had secured … Continue reading






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When the Brickyard was an Airfield: Flying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 1910

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the site of one of the country’s first aviation meets, June 12 – 18, 1910. Instead of cars racing around the track, aviators risked their necks flying machines they were still learning how to master, … Continue reading






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Flying Boats, Part I: “The Spruce Goose”

By Kyle Thede, former SC&A intern and recent graduate of the WSU Public History program Seventy years ago this fall, on November 2, 1947, the residents of Long Beach, California who cared to glance out over the harbor were witness … Continue reading






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