First flight in Rochester, Eugne Ely makes a short flight.
First successful flight in Rochester made by John J. Frisbie on July 7.
He flies from a field located between Highland and Elmwood Avenues. After
crossing Cobb's Hill he attempted a turn above the intersection of Main
and Culver when the engine stalled. He was able to restart the engine,
and continue west to the New York Central Depot. He then turned again,
and landed at the field where he had started.
On July 8th a flying demonstration was given by the Moisant International
Aviators, flying Bleriot monoplanes and Frisbie in his Curtiss biplane.
On the next day two of the fliers gave a demonstration of how the airplane
could be used in war by dropping paper bags filled with flour on a company
of National Guard troops.
Five Rochester built planes, in the design of Glenn Curtiss, were at an
air meet held in Rochester.
Fred Eells flies a pontoon equipped Rieflin biplane (patterned after
the Curtiss) at Glen Haven. He flew at an altitude of 350 feet, for one
hour and twenty-one minutes covering a distance of seventy three miles
The first Air Mail flight in Rochester was part of an air meet held at
Crittenden Park on October 21. Lincoln Beachey drops a mailbag over Genesee
Valley Park to waiting Postal officials. The 15,000 postcards were then
specially postmarked, and delivered. 35,000 attended the air show.
The Elbridge engine was built on Culver Road. The Elbridge was a simple
powerful water cooled, two cycle engine, highly favored by airplane builders.
The city acquires Britton Field off Scottsville Road for an airfield. The
site is left unimproved.
A 1927 visit by Col. Lindbergh inspires Rochester to plan for mail, freight,
and passenger air service. A hanger, runways, and signaling devices are
built for the newly named 'Rochester Municipal Airport'.
Air Mail route between Cleveland and Albany includes a stop at Rochester.
Second hanger built. Auto parking lot expanded.
100,000 attend air show held to celebrate the official opening of the airport.
Three squadrons of the Army Air Corps First Pursuit group stop to refuel.
A national record is tied when all eighty-four planes take off in fifteen
Amelia Earhart visits Rochester to speak at the Lyceum Theater
Wiley Post flies into Rochester in his famous plane the 'Winnie Mae' after
his solo round the world flight.
To celebrate Rochester's Centennial Year additional improvements are made
at the airport. A new hanger, and Administration Building with waiting
rooms and terminal facilities are built. An additional runway, lighting,
and a two-way radio are added.