The Wright Brothers are recognised almost universally as the first to fly a heavier-than-air powered aeroplane on 17 December 1903 at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. Unfortunately their protectionism and demand for fees from aviators flying any aeroplane in America delayed aviation progress there for years.

Their arch-rival was Glenn Curtiss and they followed him in establishing an exhibition team to market their aeroplanes. The majority of daredevil aviators of the 'exhibition era' flew Curtiss or Wright aeroplanes.







Pigs Might Fly
Early North American Aviators

Wilbur & Orville Wright
Aerial Experiment Association
Glenn Curtiss
Charles Willard
Charles Hamilton
Lincoln Beachey
Blanche Scott
Walter Brookins
Arch Hoxsey & Ralph Johnstone
John Moisant
William Wallace Gibson
Starling Burgess
Harry Atwood
Hugh Robinson
Eugene Ely
Harriet Quimby
Mathilde Moisant
Earle Ovington
Katherine Stinson
Cal Rodgers
Robert Fowler
Ruth Law
Tony Jannus

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