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Vilas Flying Boat

Vilas Flying Boat | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
The Curtiss flying boat in which Jack Vilas made the first flight across Lake Michigan. Vilas, a Chicago businessman, was greeted by a crowd of aerial enthusiasts. His achievement was not only the first flight over the lake, but it was also the longest flight to date over water — even longer than Bleriot's crossing of the English Channel. In 1915 Vilas used the same airplane under contract with the state of Wisconsin to spot forest fires.
DESCRIPTION
The Curtiss flying boat in which Jack Vilas made the first flight across Lake Michigan. Vilas, a Chicago businessman, was greeted by a crowd of aerial enthusiasts. His achievement was not only the first flight over the lake, but it was also the longest flight to date over water — even longer than Bleriot's crossing of the English Channel. In 1915 Vilas used the same airplane under contract with the state of Wisconsin to spot forest fires.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:10492
Creation Date:July 01 1913
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Chicago
County:
State:Illinois
Collection Name:Album 24 (Aeronautical History)
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:negative, b/w copy
Original Format Number:(X32)3303
Original Dimensions:9.5 x 7 inches
SUBJECTS
Crowds
Outdoor photography
Airplanes
Michigan, Lake
Shorelines

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