December 2005- In the February 2005 issue of Piper Flyer, we did a feature story on a particular historic aviation event that occurred nearly a century earlier in Upstate New York, and a re-creation of that special event last year.
To quote from the opening paragraph of that article, titled “Mother of All Seaplanes:” On September 15th, 2004 and again on September 19th, 2004, Captain H. James Poel—a 61 year-old retired American Airlines Boeing 777 captain—made the first flights in a reproduction of the 1911 Curtiss A-1. The Curtiss A-1 “Triad” was the United States Navy’s first airplane and the first amphibious aircraft to be flown in this country.
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