“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  

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.
more…   http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/…
Published in: on March 2, 2011 at 8:21 am  Comments Off on It’s Wiseman’s Plane – Is it Kenilworth Park?  

Petaluma Pete posts his Petaluma re-enactment recap

Published in: on February 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm  Comments Off on Petaluma Pete posts his Petaluma re-enactment recap  

Santa Rosa welcomes first mail flight re-enactment

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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/…

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?”…

http://www.petaluma360.com/…

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

In appreciation of Fred Wiseman – Reading of the Postmaster letter

By STEWART MUNSON

We should remember those who have brought us into the 21st century. The thoughts of John E. Olmstead, on the occasion of Fred Wiseman’s heroic flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa heralded a change that few industries have so dramatically contributed to the general advancement of civilization….

Reading letter to: H. L. Tripp, postmaster, Santa Rosa, Calif. from  J. E. Olmstead, postmaster, Petaluma, Calif.

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm  Comments Off on In appreciation of Fred Wiseman – Reading of the Postmaster letter  

Historic air mail flight to be celebrated in Sonoma County

By BOB NORBERG
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A century ago, a rickety, hand-built plane took off from what is now Kenilworth Park in Petaluma, bound for the Sonoma County Fairgrounds racetrack. The plane, which was built and piloted by Fred Wiseman of Santa Rosa….

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/…

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm  Comments Off on Historic air mail flight to be celebrated in Sonoma County  

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.

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm  Comments Off on GO BY AIR – Song lyrics for the Fred Wiseman adventure  
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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/…

Published in: on February 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm  Comments Off on Take a walk through history  

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

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

Limited number of Wiseman Centennial stamp sets for sale at all Sponsor locations

A limited number of Personalized Stamp sets honoring the Centennial of Fred Wiseman’s first-in-America air mail flight of February 17 & 18, 1911, between Petaluma and Santa Rosa are now on sale at all Sponsor locations. These can be addressed and given back for hand cancellation by the post office.

Here is an article about specifics and availability in Cloverdale.

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 10:30 am  Comments Off on Limited number of Wiseman Centennial stamp sets for sale at all Sponsor locations  

“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.

Published in: on January 31, 2011 at 11:51 am  Comments Off on Petaluma Pete – Kids Only Plane Ride  

Fred Wiseman is Flying High

by Bill.Hammerman

Yesterday was quite a day for Fred Wiseman Centennial Celebration enthusiasts. The scale model of his 1911 airplane (built by PAPA volunteers), that flew the first airmail letter on a flight (open to the public) from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, 100 years ago on February 17-18, 1911, was “flown” by a AAA truck from the Petaluma Airport (where it has been hanging from a hanger ceiling) to the Petaluma Historical Museum, where it is now “flying” high in time for the opening night of their “Flight – A Tribute to Aviation” exhibit on Wednesday, February 2, at 6:00 p.m.

More…
http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/10878/fred-wiseman-is-flying-high/

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm  Comments Off on Fred Wiseman is Flying High  

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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