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Sky High

Arthur Pratt Warner
Arthur Pratt Warner of Beloit flying
his Curtiss Pusher for the first time.
November 4, 1909

This online exhibit marks the centennial of aviation with images drawn from the picture collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater 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. In order to perform specific aviation-related searches, visit Wisconsin Historical Images.

Wright Days Gallery
Pre-World War I images of the Wright Brothers, Wright Flyers in Wisconsin, and other early airplanes in Wisconsin

Speed and Distance Gallery
Aviators from Wisconsin and elsewhere who set records for racing or long distance flying: Navy NC-4 across the Atlantic

Early Bird John Kaminski Gallery
Pre-World War I images of the Wright Brothers, Wright Flyers in Wisconsin, and other early airplanes in Wisconsin
 
Military Aviation
How airpower changed the nature of war from Billy Mitchell to Vietnam
 
Airports Gallery
A flying tour around Wisconsin
 
Airplanes and Airlines
Wisconsin airplane builders and airlines that served the Badger State
 
Aerial Enthusiasm Gallery
Sport aviation and the people who love flying
 
Space Race Gallery
Wisconsin Astronuats

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.

For photographic donations or assistance in airplane identification, send an email to carolyn.mattern@wisconsinhistory.org

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