Aero Club of Chicago (2)

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The Aero Club of Chicago was formed at a meeting on 14 May 1907.

At the organizational meeting, 14 May 1907, Freeman F. Gross was elected president. Horace B. Wild, a balloonist of more than 20 years' experience, was a charter member. An anonymous donor (identified a few days later as attorney Charles E. Bartley) was reported to have given $12,000 for the club to use as the officers saw fit, with a promise of more if the club proved a success.


  • 1907 Chicago Daily Tribune, 15, 17 & 21 May; 1:5 Aeronautics (NYC) 44 (1907); 1:6 Aeronautics (NYC) 38 (1907); ACA Annual (1908); 1909 Jane's All the World's Aircraft 251; Howard L. Scamehorn, "Balloons to Jets: A Century of Aeronautics Illinois, 1855-1955 (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000; or'g. pub. by H. Regnery Co., 1957), p. 48.
Organization names Aero Club of Chicago (2)
Entity type
Country US
City Chicago, Illinois
Affiliated with
Scope Local
Started aero 1907
Ended aero
Key people
  • Address: 79 Randolph Street, Chicago (1907)