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Man with Wings

Date: 1909
Description: An unidentified man demonstrates his unsuccessful bird wing-like mechanism, which was part of an experiment in aviation.
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Fish's Wright Flyer

Date: 1912
Description: The Wright Flyer of Farnum Fish being pushed into position for a demonstration flight at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds.
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Wright Model B from Below

Date: 1912
Description: The Wright Model B owned by Farnum Fish flying at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in 1912.
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Lincoln Beachey

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Description: Lincoln Beachey is considered by many to be the greatest aviator of his era. He is pictured here about to take off in his Curtiss pusher, wearing his signa...
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Balloon Ascension

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Description: An unidentified balloon ascension photographed by Milwaukee Journal news photographer J. Robert Taylor.
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Fish About to Fly

Date: 1912
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 Fairgrou...
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Wisconsin's First Aviation Fatality

Date: September 05 1913
Description: Wisconsin's first air fatality was P.C. Davis, an exhibition pilot from Chicago, who died as a result of injuries sustained during an aerial performance in...
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Red Devil Airplane

Date: 1910
Description: An exhibition airplane on display inside a tent at Dixon, Illinois, thought to be a "Red Devil," plane designed by Thomas A. Baldwin.
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Doomed Demons

Date: 1935
Description: "Doomed Demons" by Eustace L. Adams, part of the Air Combat Stories for Boys series published by Grosset & Dunlap between 1932 and 1946. The cover art is b...
Postcard

Lincoln Beachey

Date: September 25 1912
Description: Lincoln Beachey, the best known aviator of the exhibition era, performed in Wisconsin with his Curtiss Pusher airplane on numerous occasions. This postcar...
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Vintage Airplanes

Date: July 27 1988
Description: Vintage aircraft always attract attention. In 1988 on their way to the EAA convention, the national organization of owners of World War II trainers made a...
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Final Flight

Date: January 31 1971
Description: View of the cockpit as Lt. Col. Joseph Bourassa and co-pilot Leonard Dereszynski of the 440th Tactical Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve at General Mit...
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Mitchell Airport

Date: June 18 1955
Description: Control tower and entrance to the new Howell Street passenger terminal at General Mitchell Field shortly before its formal opening in July 1955. The Milwau...
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Gemini 7

Date: November 08 1968
Description: The Gemini 7 space capsule in which astronaut James Lovell flew in 1965, seen here on display at the Wisconsin Regional Space Center. Although born in Ma...
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Acrobatic Airplanes

Date: August 1980
Description: Airplanes entered in the 10th World Acrobatics Championships at Wittman Field in Oshkosh. The planes in the foreground are those of the Australian and Cana...
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Helicopters in Korea

Date: January 1953
Description: Infantry troops board helicopters for Korea via the 6th Transportation Helicopter Company, the first Army cargo helicopter unit in the combat zone. The 6th...
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Northwest Airlines Airplane

Date: 1948
Description: A Northwest Airlines passenger plane sits on the tarmac.
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Spirit of 3.2%

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Description: Two men stand next to a small airplane emblazoned with "Spirit of 3.2%" and "The Nation's Pioneer Goodwill Beer Ship" on the side. They are in front of a...
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Es-ki-ben-de

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Description: Es-ki-ben-de, an Indian scout for the Expeditionary Forces hunting Geronimo. He was the only Indian soldier willing to give up wearing his feathers on his...
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Attempting to Fly - Anaglyph

Date: 1909
Description: An unidentified man demonstrates his unsuccessful bird-like mechanism, which was part of an experiment in aviation.

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