In 1904, producers of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, offered a $100,000 prize to anyone who could make a successful powered flight around a 10-mile course above the exposition’s fairgrounds. Although they didn’t win, Thomas Baldwin and A. Roy Knabenshue changed the course of aviation history with their entry, the airship California Arrow.
Writer Paul Glenshaw will talk about the history of the dirigible and the achievements of Baldwin and Knabenshue on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Engineers Club of Dayton. “Kings of the Air” is a part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park lecture series. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 937-225-7705.
Glenshaw is a frequent contributor to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine; co-producer and co-writer of the PBS documentary Barnstorming, a commentator for National Public Radio affiliate WYSO 19.3 FM and a guest lecturer at museums and universities. His photographs have appeared in Flying, Aviation Week and Space Technology and the Washington Post magazine. He is the author of the upcoming play To Swing Through the Sky, commissioned by George Mason University.
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