Hudson-Fulton Celebration

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The Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909 (anniversaries of Henry Hudson and Robert Fulton) included an indoor aero exposition at Madison Square Garden, and some outdoor activities as well.

The organizer of the indoor expo was Alfred Chasseaud. Various airplanes were on display. The magazine Aeronautics had a booth and so did the Hartford Rubber Works Co., the Silverite Metal Co., Mr. Church's Aeroplane Toy Co., and a handful of companies with motors. The Livingston Radiator Co. presented "two special aero radiators".[1]

On September 29 Wilbur Wright made a flight from Governors Island during which he circled the Statue of Liberty.[2] Glenn Curtiss flew the same day.[3]

Joel Trout Rice and John R. Riggs gave tours of the city in large airship called the American Eagle.[4]

Event names Hudson-Fulton Celebration; National Aeronautical Exposition; National Aeronautical Show
Event type exhibition
Country US
Location New York City
Start date 1909-09-25
Number of days 7
Tech focus LTA, airplane, propulsion, piloting, fun


  1. "Madison Square Garden Aero Show", Aeronautics, Vol. 5, No. 5, p. 182.
  2. Jeffrey A. Kroessler, The Greater New York Sports Chronology, Columbia University Press, 2010, p. 72. "As part of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, the nation's first indoor aeronautic exposition opened at Madison Square Garden on September 25. On the September 29, Wilbur Wright took off from an improvised field on Governors Island for the first airplane flight over water. He buzzed the Statue of Liberty and the Lusitania on his three flights that day. Not so fortunate were the two dirigibles competing for a $10,000 prize offered by the New York World; both crashed into the Hudson River."
  3. "Wright and Curtiss Fly in Hudson-Fulton Celebration", Aeronautics, Vol. 5, No. 5, p. 178.
  4. "A Seeing-New-York Airship: Expects to Carry Passengers Over Town from an Aeronautic Show", New York Times, 22 September 1909.