It’s Wiseman’s Plane – Is it Kenilworth Park?

by Bill.Hammerman

OK – in Part I of this extended blog, we concluded that the grass vegetation and trees in the background of a picture showing the Wiseman-Cooke plane taking off at a race track matched those in another photograph identified as Kenilworth Park, Petaluma, California.
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Published in: on March 2, 2011 at 8:21 am  Comments Off on It’s Wiseman’s Plane – Is it Kenilworth Park?  

Wiseman Flight Confirmation – At Last!

by Bill.Hammerman

Even though the Fred Wiseman souvenir postcard was designed with one of the four photos showing his plane taking off on an exhibition flight in Petaluma, sometime in 1910; it was not sent to the printers with 100% confidence. This blog will attempt to reveal the “hysterical” journey behind the search for “historical” accuracy. Are you ready to take off? Fasten your seat belts.

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Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 7:44 am  Comments Off on Wiseman Flight Confirmation – At Last!  

Santa Rosa welcomes first mail flight re-enactment

Reinactment_VICTORIA-WEBB_PRESS-DEMOCRAT
Photo: VICTORIA WEBB of the PRESS DEMOCRAT

By MARTIN ESPINOZA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

“When his plane would crash, women would empty the grandstands and try to rip his clothes off,” Guinnane told a crowd of about 200 people. Wiseman ultimately got out of flying because “his friends were dying” in air crashes.

The flight is well-documented in a recent issue of the Windsor Historical Society’s newsletter, Windows Walk.

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Published in: on February 20, 2011 at 10:51 am  Comments Off on Santa Rosa welcomes first mail flight re-enactment  

Remembering a historic flight – 100 years ago today

By YOVANNA BIEBERICH,
ARGUS-COURIER STAFF

100 years ago today, Fred Wiseman piloted the first airmail flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa

As Petaluma prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the Fred Wiseman flight with celebrations around town this weekend, some residents might be asking themselves, “Who exactly was Fred Wiseman?”…

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Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm  Comments Off on Remembering a historic flight – 100 years ago today  

Fred Wiseman is ready to fly!

by Bill.Hammerman

The “Trio” blog team for Petaluma360 woke up this morning wondering if the reenactment airmail  flight of Fred J. Wiseman announced for “take off” around noon on February 19 would be able take place due to the recent rain and wet weather? Collectively, “Me, Myself, & I” wonder if history might repeat itself?

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Published in: on February 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm  Comments Off on Fred Wiseman is ready to fly!  

Are you ready to take off?

by Bill.Hammerman

On this day, in 1911, Fed Wiseman was probably waiting for the rains to stop and the race track soil at Kenilworth Park to dry out in order for him to make a return flight from Petaluma, where he made most of his practice flights in 1910., to Santa Rosa. He was learning how to fly the first practical airplane built in California.

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Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm  Comments Off on Are you ready to take off?  

SCM: Post by Air – Opening Reception

Post by Air: Fred Wiseman’s Famous Airmail Flight

This Exhibit recounts the world’s first airmail flight, made between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18 1911, one hundred years ago.

Sonoma County Museum

Published in: on December 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm  Comments Off on SCM: Post by Air – Opening Reception  

SCM: Post by Air – Exhibit

Post by Air: Fred Wiseman’s Famous Airmail Flight

February 12 – March 13, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, February 11, 5-7pm

This exhibition recounts the world’s first airmail flight, made between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18 1911, one hundred years ago. The Wright Brother’s historic flight at Kitty Hawk in 1902 inspired innovators the world over to dabble in aviation, building and flying aircraft based upon the Wright flyer. It ushered in an age of amateur, air-born daredevils and record-setters determined to capture a bit of the glory of the dawning age of flight. In addition to trying to improve airplane design, the years of early flight were about flying higher, flying faster, flying farther, or being the first to do something with a plane—and less about the practical applications of heavier-than-air flight. It was this exciting time that produced Fred Wiseman, Sonoma County’s own aviation pioneer. Born in Santa Rosa in 1875, Wiseman raced bicycles and motor cars. After visiting Ohio to see the Wright Brother’s plane in 1909, he came home to build his own. In 1911 he made history, flying his innovative airplane between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18 carrying groceries, newspapers and mail. It was the mail that made Wiseman a true pioneer, marking the first time that mail, sanctioned by postal officials, was delivered by airplane.

Sonoma County Museum

Published in: on December 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm  Comments Off on SCM: Post by Air – Exhibit  

Fred Wiseman Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion about Fred Wiseman and the first airmail flight in 1911.

Moderated by Lee Torliatt

Speakers

Steve Lehman – Windsor Historical Society

Al Morgan – Pacific Coast Air Museum

Guy Smith – Sonoma County Historical Society

Bill Hammerman – Petaluma Museum

Mike Glose – Petaluma Airport

Location

Santa Rosa Central Library, Forum Room (On the left after you enter the front doors)

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 11:56 am  Comments Off on Fred Wiseman Panel Discussion