Thursday, June 23, 2011


Executive Director of the U.S. Navy Centennial of Aviation to visit,  A-1 Triad seaplane demonstration planned

Hammondsport, NY - June 21, 2011 - The Glenn Curtiss Museum will celebrate the Centennial of Naval Aviation with a free event for theA1 public at Champlin Beach on Saturday, July 2. The Museum's exact replica of the Navy's first aircraft, the A-1 Triad seaplane, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weather permitting, the plane will be flown around 1 p.m. by pilot Rob Kinyoun of Bluff Point. Historical handouts will be available to visitors throughout the day.

Captain Richard Dann, executive director of the United States Navy Centennial of Aviation, will arrive at 1 p.m. to greet visitors and provide photo opportunities. Captain Dann has been the driving force behind a series of Centennial events around the country throughout 2011. An aviator, flight test engineer and author, Captain Dann brings to the event tremendous knowledge of the importance of Glenn Curtiss's contributions and the history of the Naval Aviation program.

According to Museum Executive Director Trafford Doherty, "Visitors will see the A-1 in almost the exact location where Hammondsport native Glenn Curtiss handed over the Navy's first plane on July 2, 1911. The sophisticated fighter jets and aircraft carriers that help protect our country's freedom today trace their roots back to Hammondsport 100 years ago. We hope everyone will stop by to share this celebration of a milestone in local history and aviation history."  

About the museum

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which is located in the scenic Finger Lakes Region of New York State, celebrates the life and accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss, who is remembered as the father of naval aviation and the founder of the American aircraft industry. The museum is home to a priceless collection relating to early aviation, bicycle and motorcycle transportation and local history.

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