First Airplane in Tulare County

First Airplane in Tulare County (HM2N52)

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N 36° 12.656', W 119° 19.22'

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At this site on February 11, 1912, Frank Bryant piloted the first airplane to land in Tulare County at what was then the Tulare County Fairgrounds. The plane, a Curtiss pusher-type biplane, had been used by Glenn Curtiss to win a world speed title in France 1909. Later, following a crash, it was rebuilt by Bryant who taught himself to fly this aircraft constructed of wood and bamboo held together by wire; its wings covered by canvas the plane was put through its paces by Bryant during a two-day air show. Executing thrilling dips, dives, and turns at an unbelievable 60 miles an hour. It also raced an automobile around a kite-shaped track. Joining Bryant for the show was Roy Francis, flying a Gage biplane built in Los Angeles by the Eaton Brothers. People packed the fairgrounds grandstand and paid $10,000 in admissions to get a close look at the fearless pilots with their newfangled flying machines, and unknowingly, ushered Tulare County into the modern age of aviation.
HM NumberHM2N52
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed1987
Placed ByDr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 of E Clampus Vitus
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Date Added Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 10:03am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 291414 N 4009840
Decimal Degrees36.21093333, -119.32033333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 12.656', W 119° 19.22'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 12' 39.36" N, 119° 19' 13.2" W
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