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The Collection: People: Glenn Curtiss

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Walter Brookins (3rd from left), Roy Knabenshue (4th from left), and Glenn Curtiss (wearing inner tube life preserver) with unidentified men at Atlantic City, New Jersey.Walter Brookins (3rd from left), Roy Knabenshue(4th from left), and Glenn Curtiss (2nd from right)  with unidentified men at Atlantic City, New Jersey.Walter Brookins (3rd from right), Glenn Curtiss(4th from left) Frank Coffyn (5th from left), Augustus Post (6th from left) with unidentified men at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Walter Brookins descending without power after altitude record flight; Glenn Curtiss in flight behind him.Group photograph with Glenn Curtiss (center, right), Charles Hamilton (4th from right), Augustus Post (far right), and others in Atlantic CIty, New Jersey.
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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.


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