Paulhan Takes First Day of Aviation Meet
Los Angeles Times file photo
Glenn Curtiss at the Aviation Meet, 1910.
Lt. Beck inspects a Gnome engine.
Jan. 11, 1910: The Times says of Louis Paulhan, who flew 10.75 miles: "Handling his steering apparatus with one hand and waving nonchalantly at the crowd with the other, he drove his monster flying machine without a falter over the parked automobiles, over the boxes containing more than half the society people of Southern California, over the grandstand itself, into the wind, across the air currents -- and, in fact, did everything that was possible for him to do except chase his tail like a dog or turn a somersault as did the Montgomery glider."