Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
N 44° 54.096 W 089° 36.879
16T E 293572 N 4975345
Quick Description: Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine Historical Marker in Rothschild Park in Rothschild
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 4/15/2007 7:00:07 AM
Waymark Code: WM1DTT
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
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Long Description:
"On June 23, 1911, near this location, Wausau native John Schwister became a pioneer 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 altitude 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."

Erected 1998"
County: Marathon

Location: Park

MarkerID: 385

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