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Fish About to Fly

Fish About to Fly
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Title: Fish About to Fly
Description: Farnum Fish, the California-born "boy aviator," about to take off in his two-seat Wright Model B during a flying exhibition at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds.

Image ID: 10033
Taylor, J. Robert
City, State: West Allis, Wisconsin
Taylor, J. Robert : Photographs, 1898 - 1930
Genre: Photograph
With his parents' blessing, the 16-year-old, California-born Farnun Fish learned to fly at the Wright Aviation School in Dayton, Ohio. Later, they bought him a $5,000 Wright Flyer Model B and then permitted him to go on the exhibition circuit. Here, Fish looks more nervous than he probably was, for he had recently completed a promotional flight from Chicago to Milwaukee that was the record for over-water flight. This close-up offers an excellent view of the manner in which the early Wright planes were controlled.
Subjects: Air pilots
Outdoor photography
Clothing and dress

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