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Amazing read and piece of history. Amazing , a 100 H.P. v8 at only 300 lbs. of that error speaks volumes to his engineering prowess. 130 plus mph on a bicycle basically . kahunas beyond belief ! I wouldn't even dare do that on a modern super bike. Thanks for sharing Chuck.
We haven't been to the Curtiss museum for quite a while, but it's not just about airplanes. He was a mechanical genius for sure. If the Wright Bros had been more open to his offer to join companies and him be the powerplant guy instead of trying to defend their patents, there is no telling how rapidly early aviation would have progressed.
If the Wright Bros had been more open to his offer to join companies and him be the powerplant guy instead of trying to defend their patents, there is no telling how rapidly early aviation would have progressed.
Along those lines here are some photos of the Curtiss-Wright P40 factory in Buffalo, NY. It brought my Dad to Buffalo where he met my Mom and I guess the reason I even exist. I was not able to find anyone in those pictures that appear to be my Dad though.https://www.flickr.com/photos/35963591@N00/sets/72157622864527612/Pete
Glenn Curtiss has always been a hero, in my mind . 'Glenn Curtiss Pioneer of Flight', by C.R. Roseberry is a favorite book. ~500 pages. Paper back. The original museum was a great experience; holding every article from the hand of the man himself. A neighboring Gage company, that may still exist!Imagine test flights off the lake, regardless of weather. A small community of like minded men to invent/create instruments, bits and pieces, shared thought and goals! Racing trains from Albany to NYC. IIRC: He invented ailerons and certainly more efficient pontoons.All that while wearing a shirt and tie. Thank you for stirring the pot, Chuck. R3
Somewhat ruthless as he "borrowed " Wright Bros patent without paying.
Beginning in 2011, Russell Klingaman—a prominent Wisconsin aviation/patent attorney, aviation law journalist, and instructor in Aviation Law at Marquette University Law School—researched, prepared and delivered a series of lectures, at major aviation events and lawyers' organizations, analyzing and decrying the events and outcomes of the Wright-Curtiss lawsuit, citing numerous examples of error or misconduct by various parties to the suit, including attorneys and the judge. Klingaman found that the judge in the case allowed the Wrights' attorney to make his case in a private ("ex-parte") hearing with the judge, without the opposing side present, and discovered other misconduct which he believes led to a legally inappropriate outcome.
Good article in this week's Hagerty newsletter:https://www.hagerty.com/media/motorcycles/the-hellriders-aircraft-v-8-bike-is-much-more-than-a-racing-relic/
Curtiss and Wight companies joined together in 1929, a year before Curtiss died.....
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