Albany to New York prize

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Event names Albany to New York prize
Event type competition
Country US
Location Albany / New York City
Start date 1910-05-29
Number of days 1
Tech focus airplane


Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World offered a $10,000 prize for the first flight from Albany to New York City.[1] Glenn Curtiss, under the gun financially due to lawsuits from the Wright Brothers successfully made the flight on May 29, 1910.[2]

Curtiss flew 243km at an average speed of 88 km/h.[2]

The flight got lots of press coverage, including from the New York Times which commissioned a special train to follow the flight. Curtiss got a congratulatory letter from president Taft.[2]

References

  1. Zahm, 1911, Aerial Navigation, 307.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Seth Shulman, "The Flight that Tamed the Skies", MIT Technology Review, 1 September 2002.