“Wiseman – Peters” replica moved back to the Petaluma Historical Museum

The one-third scale model, built by the Petaluma Area Pilots Association (PAPA) has been moved back to the Petaluma Historical Museum and Library in time for the Butter & Egg Days Parade. This exhibit, titled “Flight- A Tribute to Aviation” celebrating the first airmail flight by a young aviator, Fred Wiseman, and bringing to life the stories of airplanes, engines, and human endeavor involved in aviation since that historic flight, will be on display until April 24th.

Published in: on March 5, 2011 at 11:47 am  Comments Off on “Wiseman – Peters” replica moved back to the Petaluma Historical Museum  

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—Extensions of Remarks February 10, 2011 Pg.E198

E198 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—Extensions of Remarks February 10, 2011
COMMEMORATING THE CENTENNIAL OF THE WORLD’S FIRST AIRMAIL DELIVERY
HON. LYNN C. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Ms. WOOLSEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world’s first official airmail delivery, completed by Fred Wiseman on February 17–18, 1911. The private airman’s pioneering voyage took him from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, California, a distance of only 14 miles, but a momentous step forward in the history of aviation and the United States Postal Service.

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Smithsonian – Pushing the envelope BLOG

Last weekend, the National Postal Museum celebrated the centennial of the first airmail flight beneath the very plane that flew it.

more… http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/…

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Fred… you are still flying high

by Bill.Hammerman

Two days is a long time for a letter to travel from Petaluma to Santa Rosa.  One hundred years is a much longer time; but that how long it took for a stamp to be produced in honor of your historic first airmail flight in 1911.

more… http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/….

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Petaluma Pete posts his Petaluma re-enactment recap

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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.

more… http://www.pressdemocrat.com/…

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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?”…

http://www.petaluma360.com/…

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GO BY AIR – Song lyrics for the Fred Wiseman adventure

GO BY AIR       (Fred Wiseman’s Air Mail Flight)

My name is Freddy Wiseman I‘m the pilot called “the Birdman”
Inspired by that Wright Brother’s plane
Yes I’m captured by the dream of these flyin’ machines
And I venture things’ll never be the same

You can get to where you’re goin’ on a bicycle a’ rollin’
By car or by train that’s faster still
But I’ll bet a bunch of money that tomorrow’s lookin’ sunny
When these aeroplanes start flyin’ over the hill

chorus
Go by air–Sonoma County go by air–
I’ll take the Petaluma sky-way to the Santa Rosa fair
So much easier and better when you airmail any letter
It‘s the future-mark my words! –Go by air

Solo

In the year 1911 ‘twas a flight fit for heaven
February 17 to be exact
Seems the journey I was takin’ was a milestone in the makin’
Who knew I’d be a hero lookin’ back

chorus
Go by air–Sonoma County go by air–
I took the Petaluma sky-way to the Santa Rosa fair
So much easier and  better when you airmail any letter
Go by air–mark my words! Go by air

Was it just a lucky day maybe destiny and fate
This  progress of  man and machine?
Either way I’m just as proud and I’ll say it right out loud
We’ve been propelled by the wings of history

“sing it out”:  chorus:  Go by air–

Larry  and trainBy L.K. Potts award-winning singer-songwriter, Petaluma
Feb. 15, 2011 www.larrypottsmusic.com
Ph: 707-762-1537

Americana, New Folk, Country, Jazz & Pop:

Trains. Dogs. Hats. Adventure. The Sea. Soldiers.
Love. Getting Old. Quirky Frontier Characters.
Tributes to Land and Place. Wild & Silly Humor.
Progressive Social & Political Commentary.

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Take a walk through history

By YOVANNA BIEBERICH,
ARGUS-COURIER STAFF

When Fred Wiseman braved the skies from Petaluma to Santa Rosa to make the first airmail flight on Feb. 17-18, 1911, he had hardly a clue that 100 years later he would be remembered as an important figure in aviation history — or that he’d have songs written about him.

more…

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/…

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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?

more…

http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com

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Petaluma Centennial Celebration Ceremony

Pre  – Petaluma Pete Piano Performance
11:00 – Opening Remarks – Tom McGaw – Master of Ceremonies
11:05 –  Proclamations & Recognition of Guests
11:15 – Santa Rosa Cemetery Vignette
11:25 – Wiseman-Cooke Replica – Roger Willis, PAPA President
11:35 – Personal Memories of Uncle Fred – Marilyn Guinnane, Grand-Niece
11:45 – Wiseman Reenactment Flight – Letters, Newspapers, Post Cards, Stamps,
11:55 –  “Just for Kids” free airplane ride selection

Noon – Reenactment flight take off

Before and after program: Time to purchase a “personalized” stamp,  post card, and envelopes honoring Fred Wiseman’s 1911 flight.

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“Flight” – A Tribute to Aviation Opening Reception

Feb 2, 2011 – Petaluma Historical Library has set aloft the Fred Wiseman Centennial celebration with an outstanding exhibit of Aviation history open through April 24, 2011. Come look over the extensive collection of photos, articles, memorabilia, and Fred Wiseman 1/3rd scale plane model.


Sharie Sbrazza, Bob Parker, and many others enjoy some of the many photos on display.
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Petaluma Pete – Kids Only Plane Ride

1st Annual Petaluma Pete Kids Only Plane Ride celebrates Fred Wiseman’s historic 1911 mail flight. The official Petaluma Pete flight path is in the shape of a musical G clef… of course.

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At last – A Personalized Stamp for Fred Wiseman

by Bill.Hammerman

Finally, after previous efforts by local citizens who have campaigned and lobbied for Fred Wiseman’s historic flight on February 17-18, 1911, when he carried letters from the public, as well as one from the Petaluma Postmaster to the Postmaster of Santa Rosa; a personalized stamp acknowledging the fact he was the pilot who flew a heavier than air machine that delivered a letter, along with other cargo, from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, has been created.

more…
http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/…

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Fred Wiseman – Local Aviation Hero — Slide talk, Stamp display

Petaluma Area Pilots Association presents

“Fred Wiseman – Local Aviation Hero”

Slide Talk + Walk to the nearby  “Take Off” Spot

Petaluma Regional Library – February 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 100 Fairgrounds Drive

11:15 – 11:45 – Wiseman talk and slides – Mike Glose, PAPA
11:45 – 12:15 – Commemorative stamp, postcard and envelope display
12:15 – 12:30 – Walk to Wiseman’s take off spot – 100 years ago – Kenilworth Park – now known as the Marin-Sonoma Fairgrounds.

Commemorative stamps, envelopes, and postcard will be available for purchase following the presentation and if returned by 2:00 p.m.  will be hand-stamped by the Post Office,  February 17, 2011, Petaluma, CA

http://www.sonomalibrary.org/branches/Petaluma.html

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm  Comments Off on Fred Wiseman – Local Aviation Hero — Slide talk, Stamp display  
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