Monday, June 27, 2011

aviation history flies in hammondsport

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and the U.S. Navy will commemorate one of the landmark events in the area’s rich aviation history Fourth of July weekend.

On Saturday, July 2, the museum will put its A-1 Triad – an exact replica of the Navy’s first aircraft – on display to the public on Hammondsport’s Champlin Beach from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
 At 1 p.m., local pilot Rob Kinyoun will fly the A-1 Triad over Keuka Lake for spectators.

The A-1, a seaplane – or “hydroaeroplane,” as the Navy called it then – was designed and built by Curtiss, the Hamm-ondsport native and aviation pioneer – and sold to the Navy.

Saturday’s event marks the 100th anniversary of the day the Navy came to Hammondsport and took delivery of the A-1.