"The Wright Model B airplane, in which Calbraith Perry Rodgers had crashed and died on April 3, 1912, flying once again. The plane is flying at a Lima, Ohio, exhibition and it is piloted by Jesse Brabazon of Delavan, Wisconsin.
Brabazon had purchased the Rodgers wreckage, and he advertised and exhibited his rebuilt plane as the Vin Fiz, the famous plane in which Calbraith Perry Rodgers made the first transcontinental flight in 1911. It is more likely that Rodgers crashed in his backup plane, and the backup plane was the wreckage sold to Brabazon." [Source: WisconsinHistory.org]
"The first flight of an airplane In the Lima area occurred on Friday, July 28, 1911, at the old Allen County Fairgrounds, which is now the site of Lima Memorial Hospital and surrounding homes. The pilot was Calbraith Perry Rodgers, a pupil of Orville Wright, in a Model B Wright Biplane with a 35 horsepower engine. Fifty cents admission was charged. Rodgers made three flights that day. He stayed low so that persons outside the grounds could not get a good look at the event without paying an admission." [Source: AllenCountyAirport.com]
"Can you read the vaulting ambition in the expression of the backs of this younger generation? / Over here trying out machine for former pupil."
"Thanks for letter - will write you soon - will probably see you in New York before you leave. / Andrew Drew"
- April 2015 Ebay listing for above-mentioned postcard with Andrew Drew's signature.
- Photos of Drew - http://celticowboy.com/PeoplePhoto.htm
- History of Cicero Flying Field
- History of the Umbella Plane aka the Merry Widow
- Aviation Pioneer Jesse Brabazon
- Popular Mechanics Magazine story about Drew's crash in Lima
In 1963 a new airport was built on the other side of Lima, but the old hangar building on the original grounds is currently used by WTLW-44.
The Lima State Hospital (for the "Criminally Insane") was under construction from 1908-1915, so the grounds were still open and unpopulated when these flights were going on. The hospital didn't get its first patients until 1915. [Source]
"The facility was originally known as the Lima State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Situated on 628 acres three miles north of downtown Lima, the hospital was constructed between 1908 and 1915. Built at a cost of $2.1 million, it was the largest poured-concrete structure in the country until supplanted by the Pentagon.
For much of its history, Lima State Hospital functioned largely as a warehouse. Patients sometimes staged dramatic protests against the conditions of their confinement, and frequently escaped (more than 300 escapes by 1978). Conditions improved significantly after 1974 as a result of a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the patients. In its last years, the state hospital was used for the filming of a made-for-television movie about the Attica Prison riots in New York. Starting in 1982, Lima State Hospital became a medium-security prison, the Lima Correctional Institution. The prison closed in 2004, though a smaller prison on the site, the Allen Correctional Institution, remains." -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lima,_Ohio
Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.
If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.
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