Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine

Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine (HM3JI)

Location: Rothschild, WI 54474 Marathon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 54.097', W 89° 36.878'

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On June 23, 1911, near this location, Wausau native John Schwister became a pio?neer of Wisconsin aviation. Research indicates that on this date Schwister flew the state's first home-built airplane capable of sustained, powered flight. Constructed of wooden ribs covered with light cotton cloth and powered by an early-model aircraft engine, Schwister's biplane flew for several hundred feet at a maximum alti?tude of twenty feet. Calling his plane the Minnesota-Badger, Schwister began the design and construction of his "flying machine" in St. Paul, Minnesota, but finished it in Rothschild, Wisconsin. Initially, Schwister flight-tested his biplane as a glider, towing it behind an automobile like a kite. He also built his own airplane hangar here. Schwister made many flights in 1911, including a 27-mile flight in which he soared to 2,000 feet, higher than nearby Rib Mountain. In 1912, Schwister was seriously injured in a plane crash, yet he continued to construct and fly his own airplanes making him Wisconsin's first successful "home-builder."
HM NumberHM3JI
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number385
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 10:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 293574 N 4975347
Decimal Degrees44.90161667, -89.61463333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 54.097', W 89° 36.878'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 54' 5.82" N, 89° 36' 52.68" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-123 E Kort St, Rothschild WI 54474, US
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