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Larson Brothers' Airport

Larson Brothers' Airport | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Roy Larson of Larsen, Wisconsin in his first plane, a Canadian-built Curtiss (Canuck) purchased in 1922. Shortly after making this purchase, Roy and his brothers, Leonard, Newell, and Clarence, established Wisconsin's most famous rural airport on their family farm.
DESCRIPTION
Roy Larson of Larsen, Wisconsin in his first plane, a Canadian-built Curtiss (Canuck) purchased in 1922. Shortly after making this purchase, Roy and his brothers, Leonard, Newell, and Clarence, established Wisconsin's most famous rural airport on their family farm.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:10992
Creation Date: 1922
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Superior
County:Douglas
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Larson Brothers Airport (Larsen, Wis.) : Records, 1922-1929, 1965
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 3786
Original Dimensions:7.5 x 4.5 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Roy died in a crash in 1929, but Leonard Larson continued to operate the field until 1990. When the airport was put on the National Register of Historic Places, Leonard Larson was interviewed by the Oshkosh Northwestern" Everybody was operating their planes out of farm field back then. When we were barnstorming, we would land everywhere we could. Sometimes it would take weeks for us to line up a place....Planes have become much more expensive and a bigger responsibility than they used to be....They have become expensive toys which is not what they were in my day. Now, planes are for rich people and people who think they are rich, but it wasn't always that way." A Canuck is a Curtis JN-4 "Jenny" trainer, with a water cooled OX-5 engine built in Canada. After WW I, they were sold, unassembled, at affordable prices and were used by many barnstormers because they were slow yet maneuverable. By 1928 they were also considered unsafe, and officially grounded by the CAA.
SUBJECTS
Airplanes
Men
Outdoor photography
Clothing and dress
Hats
Air pilots

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