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The God of War Takes to the Air

January 20, 2010 |  2:00 am



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Men on horseback watch Glenn Curtiss take off.

Jan. 20, 1910, Aviation Meet

A deputy on horseback acts as a judge on the race course, making sure that fliers go around one of the pylons.

Jan. 20, 1910, Aviation Meet

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Aviation Week inspired several topical ads, including one for pianos, above, and for film developing, below. 

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Jan. 20, 1910, Aviation Meet

Jan. 20, 1910, Aviation Meet
Jan. 20, 1910: Riding as a passenger in Louis Paulhan's plane, Army Lt. Paul Beck drops bags of sand in an attempt to hit a paper target on the ground. "It was the raising of the curtain on the war drama of tomorrow," The Times says.

Beck and Paulhan made three passes, but it's a bit difficult to interpret the results. "Beck threw bomb [illegible, possibly 68] feet over the square; second lap, Paulhan threw bomb 115 feet over square; third lap, Beck threw bomb on a line with square. "

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