First Flight of the Delaplane

First Flight of the Delaplane (HM1QIK)

Location: Wilmington, DE 19805 New Castle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 45.484', W 75° 34.553'

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Near this site, on October 21, 1910, the first heavier than air aircraft built in Delaware made its first flight. The aircraft, known as the Delaplane, was built by Robie Seidelinger and piloted by Eddie Bloomfield. The construction was funded by the Wilmington Aero Club at an estimated cost of nearly $6,000. Construction took place in a barn at the Gentlemen's Driving Club, also known as Horseshow Park and, later, Wawaset Park. Originally built with two propellers, the aircraft was modified to fly with a single propeller before its first flight. The flight occurred on the last run of three high speed taxi runs when the test pilot pulled back on the controls and the aircraft became airborne for approximately 50 yards. The aircraft was later destroyed by fire while being stored in a shed at a rifle range near the town of New Castle.
Marker NumberNC-190
Year Placed2011
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
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Date Added Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 450669 N 4401064
Decimal Degrees39.75806667, -75.57588333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.484', W 75° 34.553'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 29.04" N, 75° 34' 33.18" W
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Area Code(s)302
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2400 W 11th St, Wilmington DE 19805, US
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