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Historical Essay

Sky High - Image Gallery Essay

A Century of Aviation

Sky High: A Century of Aviation | Wisconsin Historical Society
Color postcard depicting Arthur Pratt Warner of Beloit flying his Curtiss Pusher for the first time, November 4, 1909.

First Wisconsin Aviator-A.P. Warner, 1909

Color postcard depicting Arthur Pratt Warner of Beloit flying his Curtiss Pusher for the first time, November 4, 1909. View the original source document: WHI 11576

This series of aviation galleries make up an online exhibit marking the centennial of aviation drawn from the picture collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries. The Sky High exhibit is divided into eight topical galleries of images from the Wisconsin Historical Images database. Click a gallery title to view the images.

View the Galleries

Sport aviation and the people who love flyingAerial Enthusiasm Gallery
Wisconsin airplane builders and airlines that served the Badger StateAirplanes and Airlines Gallery
 A flying tour around WisconsinAirports Gallery
Small gallery of photographs of aviator John Kaminski, Wisconsin's first licensed pilotEarly Bird John Kaminski Gallery
How airpower changed the nature of war from Billy Mitchell to VietnamMilitary Aviation Gallery
Wisconsin AstronautsSpace Race Gallery
Aviators from Wisconsin and elsewhere who set records for racing or long distance flying: Navy NC-4 across the AtlanticSpeed and Distance Gallery
Pre-World War I images of the Wright Brothers, Wright Flyers in Wisconsin, and other early airplanes in WisconsinWright Days Gallery

Acknowledgements: This exhibit would not be possible without the exhaustive research of Michael J. Goc in Forward in Flight: The History of Aviation in Wisconsin, a Sesquicentennial publication of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame.