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Glenn Curtiss

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Probably one of the most important pioneers in the annals of U.S. aviation. He set up bicycles and raced them before obtaining involved in soaring. He made the very first long-distance plane flight in america. He was raised in Hammondsport, NY, along with his parents Frank and Lua. He and Orville Wright teamed up to create the Curtiss-Wright Company.

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Full Name Glenn Curtiss
Date Of Birth May 21, 1878
Died July 23, 1930, Buffalo, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Hammondsport, NY
Profession Entrepreneur
Nationality American
Spouse Pearl Neff
Parents Frank Richmond Curtiss, Lua Andrews
Awards Collier Trophy
Star Sign Gemini

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1Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2003 for the hydroaeroplane.
2A bitter rival of Wilbur and Orville Wright. On the first day of the 1909 Grande Semaine d'Aviation contest in Rheims, France, Curtiss was sued by the Wrights, who alleged he was infringing on their patent. Curtiss won the event. The patent dispute continued for several years, nearly bankrupting him. A court eventually ruled in favor of the Wrights. Ironically, his and the Wright brothers' companies later merged to become the Curtiss-Wright Corporation on July 5, 1929, which still exists.
3Was a bitter rival of Wilbur and Orville Wright. On the first day of the 1909 Grande Semaine d'Aviation flying contest in Rheims, France, Curtiss was sued by the brothers, who alleged their patent was being infringed. Curtiss won the event. The patent dispute continued for several years, nearly bankrupting him. Ironically, his and the brothers' companies would merge to become the Curtiss-Wright Corporation on July 5, 1929, which still exists.
4Founded the Aerial Experiment Association with Alexander Graham Bell.
5Became known as the "Fastest Man on Earth" when he set a motorcycle speed record of 136.3 miles per hour (1907)
6Aviation pioneer and aeronautical inventor.


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Planes2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Our Mutual Girl, No. 291914ShortHimself, Aviator (as Glenn H. Curtiss)
Our Mutual Girl1914Himself - Aviator (episode 29) (as Glenn H. Curtiss)
Aviation at Los Angeles, California1910Documentary shortHimself - Aviator
Aeroplane Contests at Rheims1909Documentary shortHimself

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