“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 Definitely is Kenilworth Park – Part III

by Bill.Hammerman

Once, again, quotes “straight from the horse’s mouth” (no, not Kenilworth the horse)), but reporters who were responsible for the following excerpts taken from articles in the 1844-1955 Centennial Celebration edition of the Argus-Courier (8-18-1955), and the Press Democrat’s Centennial edition, “Building the Empire,” October 1956, confirms our identification of the July 1910 photo of Wiseman’s plane was definitely taken at Kenilworth Park. Note: Part III  may not make sense unless you have also read Part I  (2-28-11) and Part  II (3-2-11).

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

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The Fred Wiseman walk photos

Wiseman walk photo gallery from the Press Democrat/Argus-Courier

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Re-enactment of Wiseman airmail flight photos

Photo Gallery from the Press Democrat/Argus-Courier

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Smithsonian Curator Talk about Experimental Airmail

Curator Nancy A. Pope shared the dangerous and fascinating story of early experimental airmail flights on February 18, 2011, the centennial of the Wiseman-Cooke flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, California. From 1911 to 1914, postmasters across the country were urged to get involved with local aviation events and encourage pilots to carry mail on their flights.

Ms. Pope refers to the following pilots and aviators: John Wise, the Wright Brothers, Glenn L Curtiss, Frederick Wiseman, Henri Pequet, Gustav Hamel, Jule Vedrines, Earle Ovington, Cal Rogers, Walter Brookins, Lincoln Beachey, Charles Walsh, Farnum T Fish, Horace Kearney, Max Lillie, Paul Peck, Walter Edwards, Katherine Stinson, and Joseph Stevenson.

 

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Fred Wiseman Airmail Re-enactment – Santa Rosa Airport

Pacific Coast Air Museum celebrates the centennial of Fred Wiseman’s Airmail flight with a re-enactment of receiving mail from Petaluma.

Video by Sean Bressie

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Celebrating A Century of Airmail: A Discussion of the Wiseman Cooke Flight with Smithsonian Curators

The Sonoma County Museum hosted the West Coast end of the National Air and Space Museum webcast. Senior Curator Tom Crouch and National Postal Museum Curator Nancy Pope share their knowledge about of the first airmail flight. Crouch discusses the historical context of the plane and Pope talks about its significance to postal history.

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Press Democrat documents Fred Wiseman in short video

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A Discussion of the Wiseman Cooke Flight with Smithsonian Curators

Celebrating a Century of Airmail: A Discussion of the Wiseman Cooke Flight with Smithsonian Curators

Join us for a live webcast Saturday, February 19, 2011, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first airmail flight!

We’re running a unique, live webcast in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, the museum that now houses the Wiseman Cooke plane.  Curators from both the National Air and Space Museum and the National Postal Museum will discuss the significance of Fred Wiseman’s flight, and then will take questions live from audiences on two coasts – the D.C. audience and our audience here at the Sonoma County Museum.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear directly from Smithsonian curators on the subject of Fred Wiseman, and to ask these experts questions without traveling to Washington, D.C.! We hope you’ll join us.  Details are below.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Jennifer Bethke, PhD
Curator of Education
Sonoma County Museum
(707) 579-1500 x17

Or tune-in to the National Air and Space Museum live webcast at 2 pm EST (11 am PST) and join the discussion!

Hear curators talk about the world’s first airmail flight, made between Petaluma and Santa Rosa on February 17-18, 1911. Fred Wiseman, Sonoma County’s own aviation pioneer, made the historic flight 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.

The special one-hour, live webcast is jointly organized by Sonoma County Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Santa Rosa, CA, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Postal Museum. Curators Tom Crouch, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, and Nancy Pope, Curator/Historian, National Postal Museum, will speak for 20 minutes each, after which the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Watching the webcast? Send your real-time questions to the Smithsonian curators in Washington, D.C. using this special email address- airmail@si.edu – and hear your questions asked live during the webcast!

Above photo: Courtesy National Air and Space Museum.



Published in: on February 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm  Comments Off on A Discussion of the Wiseman Cooke Flight with Smithsonian Curators  

Rain, please, but not when Fred flies again

By CHRIS SMITH
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

This bizarre and unsettling (yet dreamy!) winter weather has got to give way to rain, real rain.

But it would be nice if that doesn’t happen during the Feb. 19 100th-anniversary celebration of pilot/bicyclist/racecar driver Fred Wiseman’s historic flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa.

more…

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/…

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Related link added

I have added Frederick Joseph Wiseman 1875-1961 to the Related links section.  This has great info on his Biography, Airmail flight, and Wiseman-Cooke at the Smithsonian . It is part of a larger website about early Aviators by Ralph Cooper

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W6F, Special Event Amateur Radio Station

Hams may contact us on 21.290 MHz, 14.280MHz, and 146.91MHz Repeater February 17th to 19th.

After a confirmed contact, those wishing to receive a commemorative QSL card should send a SASE to:
SCHS, POB 1373, Santa Rosa, CA, 95402.

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Just for Kids video about Wiseman

“Petaluma Pete” released one of his Just for Kids videos that relates to
flight and Wiseman’s historic plane from 1911.

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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/

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Wiseman One-third scale Plane model moving to Petaluma Historical Museum

This one-third scale model, built by the Petaluma Area Pilots Association (PAPA) will soon be moved to the Petaluma Historical Museum and Library in time for their opening event at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2nd. “Flight” – A Tribute to Aviation

Published in: on January 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm  Comments Off on Wiseman One-third scale Plane model moving to Petaluma Historical Museum