Wisconsin's First Aviator Historical Marker
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
N 42° 31.312 W 088° 59.431
16T E 336501 N 4709641
Quick Description: The Wisconsin's First Aviator Historical Marker is located in front of Morgan Elementary School at the corner of Lee Ln and Milwaukee Rd in Beloit, WI.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 10/23/2007 11:56:55 AM
Waymark Code: WM2F6G
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
Views: 30

Long Description:
The historical marker reads:
"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 the 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 contribution to the aviation and automotive industries, Warner was posthumously elected to the Wisconsin Industrial Hall of Fame in 1962.

Erected 1964"

The Plaque at the base of the marker reads:
"BELOIT WISCONSIN AVIATION MEMORIAL

Commemorating the making of early aviation history in 1909, Early Bird ARTHUR P. WARNER of this city, purchased, assembled and taught himself to fly a Curtiss Pusher Aeroplane at Turtle Ridge on nearby Highway 15.

Awarded by THE EARLY BIRDS OF AVIATION
an organization of pioneers in Aeronautics
who flew solo before December 17th, 1916.
Dedicated, 1963"
County: Rock

Location: Other

MarkerID: 144

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