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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."
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Two views of the Gill-Dosh biplane at Dominguez Station.
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3rd and Boylston streets, home of the Collins wireless station, via Google maps’ street view.
|Jan. 7, 1910: Airplanes are being assembled at Dominguez Station for the Aviation Meet and a tent has been erected to serve as a hangar. Los Angeles radio enthusiasts have been sending bulletins along the coast and plan to erect an antenna above the grandstand: a “skyhook” 750 feet long and 60 feet in the air. Messages are being sent at 15 words per minute using the Continental rather than American Morse Code.|
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|Dec. 16, 1909: The Times reports that disagreement over education and missionaries has been resolved on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. “The ruling faction at Oraibi is well content to be included in the progress of the white man and the hostile element was compelled to leave the pueblo. Accordingly, the outlawed ones have established a new village, which they call Bakavi, on the same mesa with the village of Hotavela [Hotevilla], a settlement founded three years ago by a similar seceding element cast out because of dissention.”|
|Dec. 7, 1909: How would you describe flying in an airplane to someone who’s never done it in a time when all but a few people are earthbound? |
"By climbing to the top of a tall tree in a heavy wind," said Mr. Willard in the interesting description of the sensations experienced in an aeroplane flight with which he began his talk, "you can get very much the same feeling that you have during the flight of an aeroplane. I know of no way of describing the sensation more closely."
Glenn Curtiss takes to the air over Los Angeles, 1910.
Plans are underway for an aviation week in early 1910. Glenn Curtiss has already signed a contract to appear.
The “woman in black” may be involved in white slavery.
|Nov. 15, 1909: "There are more aeroplanes building and in design in Southern California than in any other like section of the world. All these are local products and at least a half dozen new machines are ready to be tried out or about to be tested, while a half score of others are nearing completion and may be ready for aviation week."|
Dec. 16, 1929: An artist’s concept of John K. Northrop’s Flying Wing.
| Alas, the 1929 version of Northrop’s Flying Wing will not be on display during the open house at Edwards Air Force Base on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. But other interesting aircraft will be there, including a B-17, a B-52, a P-51 Mustang, an SR-71 Blackbird and a C-5 Galaxy.|
Chuck Yeager and Joe Engle are scheduled to break the sound barrier in two F-16s. A Doolittle Raid demonstration will be staged with a B-25, B-17, P-51 and a P-38 (Steve Hinton’s Joltin’ Josie, one of about two dozen airworthy P-38s in existence), and a B-1, B-2 and B-52 will do a flyby in formation.
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|Cary Schneider and Robin Mayper of The Times library were going through our photos of observatories yesterday looking for pictures of Mt. Wilson and came across this unlabeled item. It appears to have been taken in the early 1930s. Any ideas?
Update: As Dale Trader points out, this is the Astrophysics Laboratory at Caltech. Here's a photo from 1939 at the Los Angeles Public Library.