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First High Altitude Aeroplane Flights March 1905 - Aptos, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hotshoe
N 36° 56.840 W 121° 52.034
10S E 600860 N 4089628
Quick Description: Nice centennial marker for record-setting aeroplane-glider flights
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 9/19/2010 10:11:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM9QF9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Moag Ohana
Views: 8

Long Description:
The text of the marker begins:
"One hundred years ago, in the skies above this
monument, three soaring flights were made on
March 16th, 17th, and 20th, by an aeroplane-
glider flown by Aeronaut and parachute dare-
devil, Daniel John Maloney, which had been
designed and built by Professor John. J.
Montgomery.

The frail craft, weighing only 42 pounds, was
constructed of spruce, wire, and fortified canvas,
and had tandem-wings with a 24 ft. wingspan
and a four sided tail. It was taken aloft here at
the then Leonard Ranch by a smoke-balloon
rented by Fred Swanton and owned by Frank Hamilton, to heights of 800 ft.,
1,100 ft., and 3,000 feet. The longest flight lasted over 18 minutes and covered
over 2 miles ..."

Placing this marker was a cooperative effort and the plaque credits:
"Dedicated March 19, 2005
E Clampus Vitus [...] E Clampus Vitus
El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte [...] Capitulus Redivivus
Chapter 1797 Santa Cruz, CA [...] Yerba Buena#1 San Francisco, CA
Hiller Aviation Museum San Carlos, CA
Aptos Chamber of Commerce And Museum
Capitola/Aptos Rotary"

Interestingly, the area here is still semi-rural in character and a hot-air balloon could easily launch from the nearby farmer's field.
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