William W. Whitson


The FledglingThe Fledgling


The Scene: Hammondsport, NY, the soul of American aviation research and development between 1905 and 1912; Rheims, France, the first International air races in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Conflict: The Wright brothers have gained fame for their first flight in November, 1903. Over the next decade, Glen Curtiss, Alexander Graham Bell and other daring pioneers challenge the Wright's initial advantage and compete for towering fame and enormous fortunes through that first great era of air races and death-defying exhibitions. This is the ongoing story of the Harrison family who commit their hearts and minds to building safer airplanes that can also fly faster, higher and longer distances.


Rheims Racer, 1908
Rheims Racer, 1908


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