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.
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).
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.
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.
Wiseman walk photo gallery from the Press Democrat/Argus-Courier
Photo Gallery from the Press Democrat/Argus-Courier
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.
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
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.
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.