Wisconsin's First Aviator

Wisconsin's First Aviator (HMSEU)

Location: Beloit, WI 53511 Rock County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 31.311', W 88° 59.427'

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The nation's first commercially built "aeroplane" was assembled and flown here November 4, 1909, by Arthur P. Warner, Wisconsin's first pilot. Self-taught, Warner was the 11th American to pilot a powered aircraft and first in the U.S. to buy an aircraft for business use.

Built by Glenn H. Curtiss, the biplane was "sister" to the aircraft in which Curtiss won the Bennett trophy race in Rheims, France, August 29, 1909. Inventor and manufacturer, Warner used the aircraft in research and to publicize his automotive products. He developed the automobile speedometer, automotive and machine tool accessories, and built the first electric power plant in Beloit. For his contributions to the aviation and automotive industries, Warner was posthumously elected to the Wisconsin Industrial Hall of Fame in 1962.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number144
Year Placed1964
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 6:47am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 336506 N 4709639
Decimal Degrees42.52185000, -88.99045000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 31.311', W 88° 59.427'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 31' 18.66" N, 88° 59' 25.62" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2601-2619 Milwaukee Rd, Beloit WI 53511, US
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