Bi-Plane - Train Race 1910

Bi-Plane - Train Race 1910 (HM7YH)

Location: Mt Pulaski, IL 62548 Logan County
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N 40° 0.245', W 89° 17.133'

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The historic race between a Wright Brothers bi-plane (2 wings) and an Illinois Central Steam train took place September 29, 1910 from Washington Park in Chicago to the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.Wilbur Wright was a passenger on the train. Walter R. Brookins piloted the bi-plane. The win established the first airline route in Illinois and won the $10,000 prize offered by the 'Record Herald' newspaper.Two World records were set at this landing - - sustained flight of 88 miles plus the record for long distance flight of 169 miles.The bi-plane averaged 33 MPH at the height of 1,000 ft., despite losing 1 wheel at Mt. Pulaski. The open field marking the second refueling of the epoch making flight was owned by F. W. Obermiller.
HM NumberHM7YH
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Illinois State Historical Society series
Year Placed1984
Placed ByCity of Mt. Pulaski and Logan County Tourism Committee
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 7:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 304908 N 4430712
Decimal Degrees40.00408333, -89.28555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 0.245', W 89° 17.133'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 0' 14.70" N, 89° 17' 7.98" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 618 S Illinois Ave, Mt Pulaski IL 62548, US
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