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Pioneer aviator and innovator, main American rival of the Wright brothers. Born May 21, 1878, Hammondsport, New York. Died July 23, 1930, Buffalo, New York. Curtiss first achieved fame breaking land speed records on motorcycles. He collaborated with Alexander Graham Bell on early powered flying machines, which led to a long court battle with the Wrights over patent infringements. The Curtiss Company eventually merged with the Wright Company.