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Aviator Louis Paulhan making his record flight at the Dominguez Hills Air Meet, 1910
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University of Southern California. Libraries
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California Historical Society
University of Southern California Digital Library
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
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Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
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Photograph of aviator Louis Paulhan making his record flight at the Dominguez Hills Air Meet, 1910. Paulhan's Farman airplane is climbing at low altitude at left. It is a biplane with a biplanar tail and a canard fore plane. There is no real fuselage, and the aircraft is held together with wooden beams. A large crowd is gathered and is seated in bleachers at right. There is an American flag hanging at the top of the grandstands. A small group of people is standing around at table in the foreground at right.
"Following the Reims International Air Meet of 1909 (France) enthusiasm for aviation began to increase in the United States. At an aviation meet in St. Louis fellow enthusiasts discussed the possibility of holding an air meet in Los Angeles. This group, which included Charles Willard, Roy Knabenshue, and Glenn Curtiss, followed through on the proposed project and sent Dick Ferris to Los Angeles to make the preliminary contacts and finalize the plans for the proposed Air Meet. After arriving in Los Angeles Ferris met with various contacts and an International Air Meet was proposed which would include Louis Paulhan-a renowned French aviator. The location was selected, Dominguez Field, which was part of one of the original Spanish land grants-The Rancho San Pedro. Publicity was begun, grandstands were erected and an expanded passenger platform was constructed at the Pacific Electric Station located closest to the Air Meet site to accommodate the large number of spectators expected to attend the event. Dates for the Air Meet were agreed upon. Commencing on January 10th, 1910 and lasting ten days until January 20th the air meet would invite a variety of participants and would include not only aeroplanes but also hot air balloons and dirigibles. Cash prizes would be awarded to those participating in scheduled events, which would include altitude, speed, and endurance competitions."-- Peter Bergen (part 1 of 2).
"Over the ten-day period of the air meet spectators were thrilled by the performances of aviators Louis Paulhan, Glenn Curtiss, Charles Willard, and others. Paulhan was the 'star attraction' at the air meet. Invited by the organizers to participate, Paulhan brought with him to the event two Bleriot Monoplanes, Two Farman Biplanes, and an entourage, which included his wife and black poodle dog. At the air meet he set a new altitude record (4164 ft.), endurance record (64 miles in 1 hr. 49 mins. 40 secs.), and won $14,000 in prize money. Glenn Curtiss won two events-fastest speeds with a passenger (55 mph) and quickest start (6 2/5 secs. covering 98 ft.). Curtiss took home $6500 in prize money. Charles Willard was credited with the most accurate take off and landing skills for which he receive a prize totaling $250. Attendance at the air meet reached and surpassed all expectations. During the ten-day period of the air meet an estimated 226,000 spectators converged on Dominguez Field. Gate receipts for the event equaled over $137,500. The air meet was considered a phenomenal success and helped to alleviate a perceived economic drought in the Los Angeles area." -- Peter Bergen (part 2 of 2).
2 photographs : photonegatives, b&w
21 x 26 cm., 13 x 18 cm.
negatives (photographic)
photographic prints
USC-1-1-1-13193 [Legacy record ID]
Air pilots
Dominguez Air Meet
Transportation--Air--Aviation Meets--Dominguez Air Show--1910
Airport features
Time Period
Dominguez Hills
Los Angeles
1-102-35 [Microfiche number]
11690 [Accession number]
CHS-11690 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960

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