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POSTPONED-Cromwell Dixon, Columbus’ First Professional Aviator

  • Columbus Historical Society 717 West Town Street Columbus, OH, 43222 United States (map)

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A DATE TBD.  WE WILL BE CERTAIN TO ANNOUNCE WHEN WE HAVE A NEW DATE.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

CHS board member and author Richard Barrett will speak on Dixon at the Columbus Historical Society. Dixon, who was born in California but moved to Columbus with his widowed mother as the age of two, became interested in airships (which we would call blimps today) at the age of twelve. He flew his first one in 1907 at the age of fourteen, and was employed to perform at fairs and other events after that. He continued flying airships until 1911 when he became interested in heavier-than–air aircraft. After taking flying lessons, he became an exhibition pilot for the Curtiss Exhibition Co. His flying took him from Maryland to Washington. While performing at the Montana State Fair he became the first person to fly an airplane over the Continental Divide. Dixon was killed in a crash at age nineteen.

The event is free, but registration is required as space is limited.

Photo of Cromwell Dixon from the Dick Stettler Photo Collection.

 

Earlier Event: April 5
Remembering Buckeye Steel Castings
Later Event: April 20
Buckeye Steel Exhibit Open House